Everybody in South Texas knows that ground zero for wineries and wine tasting is definitely the Texas Hill Country. The area in and around Fredericksburg alone has more than 60 wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms. But wine lovers rejoice, because you don’t have to drive quite so far outside of San Antonio to enjoy that perfect full-bodied red from a local vineyard. In fact, there are some first-rate vineyards right in SA’s backyard. Here are 8 wineries near San Antonio that are perfect for tastings and tours.
8 Wineries Near San Antonio for Tastings and Tours
Oak Valley Vineyards
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Located just south of the intersection of 1863 and 3009 on San Antonio’s far northeast side, Oak Valley Vineyards is an incredibly popular event space hosting outdoor weddings and banquets, both set against the lovely backdrop of the vineyard itself. But you don’t have to be attending an event to experience Oak Valley as their onsite restaurant is open to the public for dinners Wednesday through Sunday from 4pm-9pm and features Texas fare including lots of steaks and surf and turf.
Oak Valley’s wine list includes both local and international wines, with options to purchase by the glass or the bottle.
Helotes Creek Winery
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Of the wineries near San Antonio, Helotes Creek is among the most laid back and relaxed. Just off Bandera on the city’s northwest side, Helotes Creek is a modest winery and wine bar that feels more like a neighborhood pub where you can enjoy an evening with friends over a nice bottle of locally crafted wine.
Helotes Creek’s tasting room is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and they accept reservations for both public and private tastings. A small food menu of charcuterie boards and pizza is available for munching.
In Contrada Vineyard and Kitchen
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In Contrada Vineyard and Kitchen is a great winery not just for wine, but for food and live entertainment. Located off of Smithson Valley Rd., In Contrada is open Thursdays through Sundays and offers a $28 wine flight that allows you to sample 6 of their world class wines from around the globe and includes a complimentary wine glass.
In Contrada’s food menu has a small number of shareable plates, pizzas, and desserts, and wine pairings are available. Reservations are recommended and you can check out In Contrada’s event list by clicking here.
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Just north of San Antonio in Spring Branch is the Kai-Simone Winery. Named for the founder’s daughters, Kai-Simone is a black-owned business that seeks to provide the community of Spring Branch with a tranquil space to enjoy great wine and food.
Wine is available for purchase here by the glass ($8-$10), by the bottle ($24-$48), or by the flight ($15 for 4 samples or $20 for 6). Kai-Simone has a tiny food menu, but also welcomes outside food to their outdoor seating area.
Kai-Simone is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5 for sipping. You can also book a private wine tasting, cellar tour, or class on their website.
Pontita Vineyard and Winery
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Pontita Vineyard and Winery off of Rebecca Creek Rd. near Canyon Lake, is a friendly winery with a Texas country feel. Their outdoor patio overlooking the vineyard has a charming rustic atmosphere, the perfect place to enjoy some of their signature Rieslings and reds.
Pontita provides wine tasting and wines by the glass or bottle. They offer two flights – a “Pick 4” or “Pick 6” from among the 8 wines produced by Pontita’s grapes. While there are no food options, Pontita does offer wedding reception and event packages that can include food.
Pontita is open Tuesday through Friday, 6pm to 8pm, Saturday 12am to 8pm, and Sunday 11am to 8pm.
La Cruz de Comal Wines
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Just south of Canyon Lake, La Cruz de Comal Wines is owned and operated by James Beard Award semi-finalist, Tony Coturri, and his business partner, Lewis Dickson. Together, they have created a distinctly Texas winery, only producing wines made from their own estate-grown grapes.
Guests can visit La Cruz de Comal on the weekends from 12pm to 6pm where they will enjoy tastings from among the winery’s signature label bottles. Prices here are on the higher side with bottles starting at $68 (no wines by the glass) and a tasting flight of four samples for $20 per person.
Sister Creek Vineyards
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Of the wineries near San Antonio, Sister Creek Vineyards is among the oldest having just celebrated its 35th anniversary. Sister Creek is located due north of Boerne, TX and the tasting room is operated out of an 1885 cotton gin, giving the whole experience an old world style feel.
In addition to being one of the oldest wineries on our list, Sister Creek is also the most family friendly as it is open to children and pets, as well as adults over 21 who can all enjoy the historic feel of the vineyard.
Sister Creek has a number of award winning wines that can be experienced via a flight of 5 wines for $19, by the glass at $11, or by the bottle, with prices starting at a very reasonable $17.95 and topping out at $42.95. Sister Creek is open for sipping Sunday through Friday from 10am to 5pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 6pm.
Saint Tryphon Farm and Vineyards
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Just a short drive south of Sister Creek is Saint Tryphon Farm and Vineyards. Owner and winemaker, Silouan Bradford, has created a winery devoted to his philosophy of not intervening in the wine making process so that the land defines the wine and not the winemaker.
Reservations are recommended to come in and taste Saint Tryphon’s signature wines, which include reds, whites, and sparklings, as well as Library Wines which are particular vintages which have been reserved to be re-released at a later date by the winery. Bottles here start around $30, with the majority in the $40-$60 range, and a five wine flight is available for $25/person.
Saint Tryphon is open Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm and Saturdays from 11am to 6pm. Saint Tryphon is also child and dog friendly, making it a great place to tour either before or after your visit to Sister Creek.
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