Need a relaxing weekend away from it all?
Visit Driftwood, Texas! Nestled in Hays County, is a small community full of beautiful wineries, top-rated restaurants, and plenty of activities to explore the outdoors. Texas Hill Country Winery trail winds from Austin to Fredericksburg and everywhere in between with over 40 or more wineries scattered throughout the rolling hills of the region. One of the most famous BBQ pits in Texas is smoking up the pit with flavor and provides a great outdoor seating for the family to enjoy a meal. Whether you are driving here for the day or staying in a remote cabin, Driftwood will give you the time you need to refresh and relax while you rest and enjoy the simple things in life.
Tour the Wineries
If you want to experience a selection of wines and visit several of the vineyards all at one time I suggest you check out the “Driftwood Wine Trail.” It’s a half-day wine tour that explores six wineries; Driftwood Estate, Fall Creek, Duchman Family, Bella Vista Ranch, Wimberley Valley and Salt Lick Cellars.
One of my favorite wineries to visit is the Duchman Family Winery, which offers a selection of fine Italian grape varieties grown and produced in the Texas High Plains AVA. Duchman Winery has been featured on HGTV as one of the 20 most picturesque wineries in the country. All the wines currently released can be sampled and purchased at the winery’s tasting room, located on the ground of this beautiful estate. There are plenty of spots for a picnic or sit under the oak-shaded picnic tables while you enjoy the beautiful sounds of the water fountain surrounded by the flowering gardens.
Hours: Mon. 12 pm – 6 pm, Tue.-Thur. – 11 am – 8 pm, Fri.-Sat. 11 am – 9 pm, Sun. 11 am – 8 pm
Address: 13308 FM 150 W, Driftwood, TX 78619
Cost: 6 tastings for $12.00
Several other wineries in the area we’ve visited on previous trips to Driftwood are:
Developed in 1975, Fall Creek Winery is one of the first Texas Hill Country wineries. The Aulers Family, owners of Fall Creek Ranch, developed a love for French wine and decided to launch their own vineyard in Texas. Try their “Wine-Dine” in the Vineyard, which is a farm to table supper. Make reservations online. $40 per person.
Hours: Mon. – Thur. 11 am – 5 pm, Sat. 11 am – 5pm, Sun. Noon – 4 pm.
Address: 18059A FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619
Cost: 6 tastings $20.00
This winery is the perfect place to spend a few hours during your trip to Driftwood. This gorgeous estate is located on a bluff overlooking the Estate Vineyard and the hills of Texas. In 2017, the Orange Muscat, made from 100% Texas grapes received many awards. This particular wine ideal for pairing with spicy foods. Please read the website regarding children.
Hours: Open Daily from 11 am – 6 pm
Address: 4001 Elder Hill Rd. (County Rd. 170), Driftwood, TX 78619
Cost: 6 tastings $15.00
If you visit here in the summer, you must enjoy the outdoor seating area on the spacious patio overlooking the hillside. Their wines are known for making an excellent Sangria drink. A sample you must try is the sweet Blueberry Wine.
Hours: Open 7 days a week: 10 am – 6 pm
Address: 2825 Lone Man Mountain Rd., Driftwood, TX 78619
Cost: 5 Tastings for $12.00
Salt Lick Cellar began in 2008 when the Scott and Roberts family popped open their first bottle of Tempranillo wine for all those in the region and started inviting guests to their tasting room. Some of the most interesting wines such as the BBQ Red and BBQ White are meant for pairing with their delicious BBQ.
Hours: Mon. – Thur. 11 am – 9 pm, Fri – Sat. 11 am – 9:30pm, Sun. 12 pm – 9 pm
Address: 18300-C FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619
Cost: 5 tastings for $12.00
This winery is listed in Wimberly, but sits closer to Driftwood. Bella Vista Ranch is known for its olive orchards but also operates a vineyard and winery. Two types of grapes are grown here, Sangiovese and Cabernet Franc. They are a boutique winery offering some of the unique Texas wines such as Blackberry or Raspberry wines. Guided tours are available to learn more about the Italian farm and its olives and olive oils.
Hours: Friday 12 pm – 4:30 pm, Sat. 12 p – 4:30 pm, Sunday – Closed, Summer: Please call ahead
Address: First Texas Olive Oil Co., 3101 Mt. Sharp Rd., Wimberly, TX 78676
Cost: Touch of Tuscany in Texas Tour $15 per person (tour of the olive orchard)
After wine tasting at Duchman Family Winery, stayed for dinner at Trattoria Lisina, which is located on the grounds of the Mandola Estate & Vineyards. You will feel like you have stepped into the wine valleys of Italy. The chef and owner Damian Mandola has created a seasonal menu of classic Italian dishes such as handmade pasta, house-cured meats, and flavorful seafood entrees. The freshly made pizzas are cooked in a wood-burning oven which gives it a rustic woody flavor. One of their noted dishes is their rich savory lasagna. Enjoy a glass of wine and sit by a window so you can enjoy the view of the vineyards.
Tasting Room Hours: Mon 12-6, Tue-Thur. 11-8, Fri.-Sat. 11-9, Sun. 11-8
Cost: Flight of 6 wines for $12; a free self-guided tour through the winery
Interesting Sights to See
Radha Madhav Dham Temple is one of the largest Hindu temples and ashrams in the United States and is widely known for welcoming hundreds of visitors every day, regardless of their background, to enjoy religious services, family festivals, and devotional retreats. Radha Madhav Dham is an interfaith community, working to provide charitable common bonds between all religions. This 200-acre retreat is a representation of the holy land in Braj in India. Here they offer accommodations to devotees who want to seriously follow the path of devotion and overnight stays to guests who are visiting. As you stroll through the outside grounds you may come across several peacocks roaming with beautiful feathers along the water fountain. The temple is indeed a peaceful place to visit and meditate.
Driftwood United Methodist Church is a small white church that sits on the side of Highway 183, next to a cemetery. A historical plaque states the church’s congregation started meeting here in 1884 after this small frame sanctuary was completed. Inside are beautiful stained glass windows depicting biblical stories and images. When the local Baptist church building was destroyed in 1911, the Methodist shared their church with the Baptists. Both congregations have continued to hold services here and provide a Union Sunday School.
Across the street from the United Methodist Church is an old Texaco station that looks like it has been closed for many years. With the hand-crank gas pump in the front, it makes for an interesting picture. Funny how old things tend to have so much character even when they are old, broken-down, and inoperable places. Stop and take a picture just for the fun of it!
Best BBQ In Texas
Before you leave Driftwood, you must eat at Salt Lick BBQ. This BBQ joint has some deep roots going back to Mississippi in the mid-1800s. The family-owned recipe is still in full swing today and enticing visitors from all over to dive into their mouth-watering BBQ. We decided we wanted to sample almost everything on the menu, so we ordered beef ribs, brisket, and chicken along with a side of potato salad, cole slaw, bread, pickles, and onions. All I can say is WOW! You can sit outside under the shaded patio area and enjoy music by local musicians or sit in the breezeway. This needs to be on your list of places to eat while in Texas.
Only Accepts CASH and BYOB
Hours: Open every day 11 am – 10 pm.
Address: 18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, TZX 78619
If you like to explore the outdoors a little more, you may want to check out Camp Ben McCulloch in Driftwood. During the day you can cool off by swimming or strolling around the area. At night, enjoy the outdoors and the special events hosted here or sit by a quiet campfire. There is no reserved camping available, all sites are first come, first serve. RVs and Camper Trailers are welcome and need to call to reserve a space.
Address: 18301 FM 1826 Driftwood, TX 78619
Cost: Tent $15 per night; RV or Campers $20 per night.
Looking to get away for a weekend, enjoy a glass of wine and beautiful hill country? All we can say is: visit Driftwood. You will find fabulous restaurants during your stay with great atmospheres. If wine is not your thing, Driftwood is home to several breweries as well. Make sure while you are here you have your camera ready to snap some great pictures of vineyards, hillsides, orchards, and beautiful oak trees. It’s always good to find a place where you can just relax, disconnect from technology, and appreciate all that mother nature has bestowed unto us. I hope you enjoyed this blog and please share your experiences with me in the comments below!