Texas Hills Vineyards
Texas Hills Vineyards
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Texas Hills Vineyard is located in the gentle hills of the picturesque Pedernales River Valley in the Texas Hill Country near Johnson City. A perfect location for growing quality grapes, the intense Texas sun by day and the cooler hill country nights gives our grapes an intense and quality flavor, ideal for wines. Texas grown grapes for Texas Wines. We focus on organic growing and new world style process of making wine. Our tasting room is made from rammed pressed earth nestled into the hillside overlooking our gorgeous 19 year old, 25 acre vineyard. Come out, enjoy the wine and the view with our friendly tasting room staff.
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Cole
Copperas Cove, TX3 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
Went there with my girlfriend and the place was not very busy for a Saturday. Seemed almost because we weren't club members we were treated like an outcast. The person that served us was very rude acted like she didn't want anything to do with us. I believe her name was Mary but thats beside the point. We had two glasses of wine which were not even that good. I would recommend not wasting you time. I would go to 290 vineyards instead. Way better place to visit.
Written March 28, 2021
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scrapbucks
Katy, TX3 contributions
Dec 2013
This is our second time here and we drove from Houston to bring my parents. The last time we were here the woman in the tasting room was kind, accomodating, and the atmosphere was nice. The wine is affordable and pretty good. That's why we brought my parents.

Today we one of the owners who happened to be working the tasting room. She wasn't very friendly, but we weren't going to let that ruin our afternoon. We tasted, got a bottle and sat on the front patio for a nice picnic lunch. When we went in to purchase wine, we were completely misinformed on how the tasting costs works. She had told us the cost of the tasting went toward our purchase. When I bought a bottle of wine she only credited one person's tasting cost toward the bottle. That was not even close to what she told us. When I was confused she told me then that it was only one person's tasting per bottle. Wish I would have known that!

Then my dad went to buy a case they had on special. He asked for 6 of one kind and 6 of another, and got out his wallet to pay. It was $20 more than the stated special. My dad was confused and asked for clarification. The lady says you can't mix the wines it all has to be the same. He then read their sign that says a case is $100. She says to him, well we don't mix them. He looks confused but was going to get the case anyway at which point she says, "you can change your mind". My dad put his wallet away and said, I just did. We left. It was just so rude and passive aggressive the way she treated us. We were really bummed by the whole incident. The communication was poor and her attitude toward us was horrible.
Written December 30, 2013
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Dear ScrapBucks, My name is Ivan Knapp and I recently have taken over the Tasting Room Manager position here with Texas Hills Vineyard. And I am sorry to read about your experience with us last year and would like to extend an invitation to come back and visit us again, with your tastings and a tour on me. I encourage you to contact me at your convenience so I can facilitate a positive and vibrant visit for you and your family. I thoroughly appreciate your time and helpful review and it has been addressed within the company. We look forward to seeing you in the tasting room. Cheers! Ivan Knapp ivan@texashillsvineyard.com
Written July 13, 2014
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amogle
New York City, NY38 contributions
Nov 2013 • Friends
We stopped by yesterday as part of a tour group. While I didn't mind the 30 minute delay (we were tardy so I thought them making us wait was alright, it was a nice day out and we took a walk) - what I did find offensive was :

1. Lady behind the counter lecturing members of the group on tardiness (as a group of 30 people, we have no control over this)

2. they didn't (or refused to) unlock the restrooms for the group for a long time so there was a queue of 7+ people for a single stall

3. the owner's non-apology (along the lines of "sorry we made you wait for a half hour, we had to take care of the group that was actually on time") - I didn't mind waiting at all but his comment really rubbed me the wrong way. I've never encountered this kind of passive aggressiveness from a service oriented business. It was pretty rude.

As for the wine - being "one of the largest producers in Texas" doesn't make you one of the best. I would recommend their Cabernet. Their Syrah was dismal. Overall, in comparison with the other wineries we visited (Duchman and Bell Springs were both friendly and had tasty wine to boot) - this wasn't any better or worse wine-wise, but the service really turned us off.
Written November 4, 2013
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Lisaloucakes
Fort Worth, TX10 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We stopped in on a Sunday afternoon, it was pretty busy when we arrived, did a standard tasting. Staff was very nice, wine was ok, did not leave with any bottles. If you do not want to be around dogs, this is not the place for you... there are winery dogs- great danes, and most people there brought 1 or more of their own..
Written February 17, 2020
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arhie
San Antonio, TX318 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Beautiful location, great wines... and more affordable than much of the TX wine trail. We loved our tasting and bought several bottles. Definitely a Texas wine country highlight.
Written May 13, 2019
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munchman
Barrington, IL127 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
We went here on a weekday. The wine tasting room is relatively small. Nice selection of Texas wines, which cannot be sent to our state of Illinois unfortunately. Logan as the host was fun to talk to, handles the stock in the store which was diverse, and was very knowledgeable. They have a nice outside area to sit and drink, if the weather is nice. Watch for friendly dogs
Written May 18, 2018
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BeccaBradford
Kansas City, KS32 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
We come to this winery every time we come to this area. Mainly because we LOVE the owners, Gary and Kathy Gilstrap. They are the most friendly people, they make you feel right at home, take time with you and tell you about the art and heart of what they do. They are one of the originals in this region and it shows. Yes, they also have the best wine in the region...Kick Butt Cab is phenom! But the Orange Moscato is also a must! I don't even like sweet wine but this one cannot be passed up. If you have time ask for a tour or ask to take a stroll through the beautiful vines. You won't be sorry! They also have tasty local bites including gourmet sausages, cheese and dipping delights. Plan to spend an afternoon lounging, strolling and hanging with the ones you love.
Written September 5, 2016
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queenbee2sagalo
Fort Worth, TX336 contributions
Sep 2018
Hidden gem in the Hill Country! Nestled in the beautiful Hill Country, Texas Hills Winery does not disappoint. Try their wine-tasting room of delicious wines. Purchase a bottle of wine and the wine-tasting is free! Beautiful patio area available to enjoy the weather. Very knowledgeable personnel able to give you the wine history.
Written September 10, 2018
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Cindy K
Port Isabel, TX4 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
This review only covers only a portion of our experience at Texas Hills Vineyard, although the service and our opinion of the wine would probably not impact the rating that much. We called ahead to make sure the winery was dog-friendly. Yes, they said, on a leash and not allowed in the tasting room.

The building and scenery are both beautiful and serene. We left our pup in the car (briefly and with all windows down) while a chocolate lab circled the car. In the very small tasting room/gift shop, a much-larger yellow lab circled us while a mid-sized, black herding breed jumped on me. Their apparent owner was threatening them with "putting on shock collars" if they didn't stop -- an order they ignored repeatedly.

We selected a tempranillo and purchased cheese. I brought our pup onto the patio while my husband was setting up and pouring wine. Immediately, the yellow lab was at our elbows within two inches of the cheese plate while the black dog was sniffing around our seven-pound pup. We tried to shoo them away from the food, but they kept returning to the edge of the table. I put our dog in my lap, which did no good.

In the meantime, every vehicle that arrived or left was greeted by these snarling, barking car-chasing dogs -- such a nice interruption before they returned to our table each time.

Since the dogs weren't going to leave us, the food or our dog alone, we decided to take our pup back to the car while my husband packed up the food. The yellow lab shoved his face in the rear passenger door while I put our dog in his travel kennel. I backed away to a shady spot, with dogs nipping at tires. Returning to the patio, the dogs followed, trying to lick my hands. We hurried to finish the wine in our glasses. They continued to encircle us all the way back to the car, and we literally had to body block the rear hatch to keep them out while loading our bag and the corked bottle of remaining wine.

It was stressful, hectic and brief, rather than the relaxing stop we had envisioned. And the last time we will visit, of course.
Written June 4, 2018
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vs0884
San Antonio, TX2 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
On our recent Hill Country wine tour, we joined this wine club. I inadvertently made an error in our email address which caused emails about the commitments to purchase wines to bounce back.I knew I had to periodically pick up wines from the vineyard and I joyfully did this Memorial Day weekend. Much to my surprise, there were three additional bottles in our box which were "purchased" by default because I did not respond to the order emails which I never received (the winery knew that the emails were bouncing back). While in the tasting room, the sales clerk did not tell me that he was including three extra bottles to our order which would have given me opportunity to amend this situation. I was charged for 6 bottles of wine when I wanted 3. Attempts to work with the winery resulted in me being told this was all my fault, there are "rules to follow", and just deal with it. Although, the manager eventually allowed me to include the 3 unwanted bottles toward my overall commitment, there was a consistent tone that I caused this whole situation. So... if you want good old customer service where the customer is always right and that the business will work to make you satisfied. This is not the place for you.
Written May 29, 2018
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Texas Hills Vineyards - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)