Lone Star sipping
Travel around Central Texas for a taste of local vines ripe for attention
The only thing hotter than this summer which ended just in time for Texas Wine Month in this month is the Texas wine industry. The Texas Department of Agriculture's most recent research shows that wine tourism increased more than 40 percent from 2007 to 2009 to more than 1.3 million visitors and that the total economic impact has grown to $1.7 billion. There are now more than 220 wineries in the state, including a cluster of projects on U.S. 290 between Stonewall and Fredericksburg that we feature in this week's cover story. Also in our annual wine guide, find out what it takes to pull off an all-Texas wine list and learn about dozens of events and happenings at area wineries in Wine Matters on page D3. So, the next time you pass the ever-growing Texas wine section of the grocery store or a blue sign pointing you to a winery you've never heard of, see for yourself what all the fuss is about. And if you want to head out and plan your trip in advance, check out our map of Central Texas wineries on www.austin360.com/food.
— Addie Broyles