Driftwood Estate Winery Texas

The second winery we visited on our Texas Hill Country Wine Tour was Driftwood Estate Winery. This was a recommendation of my tasting partner’s, Jane, and it was pretty good one.

Driftwood Estate Winery, North America 2017, Austin Texas

The Rules

Driftwood Estate Winery, North America 2017, Austin Texas

The Grounds

By the time we arrived the place was already buzzing. Driftwood Estate Winery is a great spot for a picnic, especially on a day like the day we visited, clear blue skies temp in the high teens and low twenties (Celsius), with a great view out over the vineyard and surrounds.

There is even a Pizza Truck onsite if you decide to hang around for lunch and enjoy the view but did not pack a bite or three.

Driftwood Estate Winery, North America 2017, Austin Texas

One of the fun additions to the place were the various signs posted around the place.

Driftwood Estate Winery

From their website:

The Texas Winery and Vineyard with the
Million Dollar View.

Driftwood Estate Winery and Vineyard embodies the spirit and heart of Texas. Driftwood radiates Texas pride in its production of high quality wines made from Texas grapes. Driftwood Estate Winery sits on a bluff overlooking our Estate Vineyard and the Hill Country from which visitors can enjoy our award winning wines. The view from the bluff is spectacular and the grounds are perfect for a picnic with your favorite glass or bottle of Driftwood Estate wine.

Wine Tasting

At Driftwood Estate Winery they have a different approach to tasting to Stone House Vineyard, instead of pre-defined tasting flights you pay USD15 to taste any six wines listed on their tasting sheet. You also get a tasting glass with the Driftwood Logo. A nice touch, IMHO, is the 10% discount provided to serving Military Personnel.

Driftwood Estate Winery, North America 2017, Austin Texas

The tasting room is filled with wine related knickknacks and tools, this is the second tasting room that they have built with few separate areas for tastings. When we arrived the joint was packed, but we must have timed it just right as a large group were finishing their flights as we entered the tasting room, so we were able to get to the main tasting area and find a good perch.

We were also lucky to be served by a knowledgeable lady who could guide us through their list.

 

The Wine

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My Favourite

Driftwood Estate Winery, North America 2017, Austin Texas
IMHO the best wine I tasted at Driftwood Estate Winery was the 2013 B&E Vineyard Red Rhythm

Thoughts

I liked Driftwood Estate Winery, whilst the wines are not stars, the whole setup, especially the friendly and helpful staff makes a tasting their fun and interesting. If you were intending to do a tasting tour of the Texas Hill Country and wanted to pick a place for a picnic lunch, this would be the place for me, even if the weather is a bit inclement as you can set up under the large open air barn, not really sure what else to call it. I would return.

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