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Old 02-12-2014, 11:03 PM
 
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How has Fredericksburg grown from a little country town to lots of wineries in the area? Anyone??? Where would you recommend living to be close to wine country there besides Fredericksburg? How pricey is the area?
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:44 PM
 
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Yes, and Comanche Trail is the new Big Sur.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:03 AM
 
Location: Central
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Yeah - the climates are almost identical actually.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:11 AM
 
Location: The People's Republic of Austin
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Yeah - the climates are almost identical actually.
Most of the wine produced in Central Texas isn't from grapes grown here, so your snarky point is meaningless.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:27 AM
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We took a trip to Fredericksburg a few weeks ago. We had not been in a couple of years. Oh my gosh - so much has changed. There must have been 20 or more wineries and cellars along 290. Some were ones that had been around awhile - like Messina Hof who had this big beautiful new tasting room. There was a sign on a real estate company that said something to the effect of buying property in the new Napa. scm53 is partly right - new vineyards can't possibly produce enough grapes, they are most likely imported from California to make the wines (hence the "cellars"). But there are several well respected wineries who have been around awhile making their wines with grapes grown here in Central Texas, Flat Creek, Messina Hof, Becker to name a few.

I think it's too soon to tell if this will be another Napa but it certainly appears as though there's a significant trend. It may die out, it may thrive, only time will tell.
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:26 AM
 
Location: The People's Republic of Austin
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...scm53 is partly right - new vineyards can't possibly produce enough grapes, they are most likely imported from California to make the wines (hence the "cellars"). But there are several well respected wineries who have been around awhile making their wines with grapes grown here in Central Texas, Flat Creek, Messina Hof, Becker to name a few.
Not so much California as from the Texas High Plains - Levelland, etc all along the Caprock Escarpment. There are about 2X acres of vineyards there as in the Hill Country - 1100 acres vs. 600. Problem is, it is further away from people, hence the wineries closer to Austin. You even see things near F'burg like 4.0 Cellars - which is nothing more than a tasting room for three wineries located in other parts of the state.
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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Default Texas four wine regions...

Not sure why this thread began in the AUSTIN forum. Moderator will maybe move it to the TEXAS forum.

This web site offers a brief introduction to the FOUR distinct vineyard regions of Texas:

http://www.texaswineandtrail.com/wineries-by-region/

There is a surprisingly large acreage devoted to vineyards in the west/central area of Texas that is on lands leased from the Univ. of Texas land trust.

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Mesa Vineyards LP
From a 1,000-acre vineyard nestled among the high mesas of West Texas come the wines of Ste. Genevieve and Peregrine Hill. Warm, dry West Texas days and cool desert nights provide the perfect setting for varietal grapes to thrive. Texas’ largest winery has produced award-winning Ste. Genevieve wines since 1987. The recent release of the premium Peregrine Hill wines marks the winery’s entry into world class wine making.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:47 PM
 
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If you are talking about the sort of wine made in Napa, then if anything I'd say Yakima Valley in Washington or Colchagua Valley in Chile is the next Napa.

Speaking more generally about the production of quality wine, there are a lot of rising regions, but the closest to Napa in the US is probably Sonoma, then probably a tier of Oregon, Washington, CA Central Coast, and NY's regions.

Expansion in Texas Hill Country is impressive, and I'm excited for more and better wine from Texas, but it's still got some distance to cover before we can start talking about it in the same breath as the Central Coast, much less Napa.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:57 PM
 
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How has Fredericksburg grown from a little country town to lots of wineries in the area? Anyone??? Where would you recommend living to be close to wine country there besides Fredericksburg? How pricey is the area?
New Napa? HA! Maybe in a hundred years or so.

As far as living out there goes, how old are you? What is your lifestyle? It's no place I'd want to live. Nice to visit, but isolated.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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This is some good stuff, though..

Pedernales Cellars Wins Prestigious Grand Gold in its First-Ever French Wine Competition | Vintage Texas Blog
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