I was given a free Grapevine Wine Tour so I could tell you all about it. All opinions are my own.
I’m embarrassed to admit that there was a time in my life that I wasn’t a wine person. I look back at that time and wonder, “What was I thinking?” I’m mad that I missed out on so many years of great wine drinking but don’t worry, I know better now. I am no wine connoisseur but I know good wine when I taste it. Going on a Grapevine Wine Tour has been on my Dallas bucket list for years and I finally was able to cross it off of my list recently.
A group of my favorite bloggers headed to Grapevine and met at the Embassy Suites to start our tour. I learned that the tour bus will pick you up from different locations throughout the city (and will even pick you up in the burbs, if you book a party with more than 15 people). We loaded on to the bus and were on our way. Our bus driver told us all sorts of great facts about Grapevine and the wineries. He was extremely knowledgeable and you can tell he loved his job!
Our first stop was at the Homestead Winery. We pulled up and I couldn’t believe we were at a winery. It was located in an old, quaint house.The 1890s Texas Victorian folk-style home is located just off historic Main Street and features fancy porch details, old hard wood floors and fireplace mantel.
A relaxed, charming setting to sample and purchase our award-winning wines along with other wine related items and accessories. I loved how this wine tasting was set up. There was a bar of wine bottles sitting on the bar, we were told info about each and then we could sample any or all of them. It was a very relaxed tasting and I loved that we got to pick and choose the wines we tasted. Homestead Winery also gave us these amazing wine glass holders that I will be using everywhere I go. It’s a holder that hangs from your neck that will hold your glass of wine so you can be hands free. Don’t judge, but I know I’ll be wearing this around my house while doing chores.
Once we were there for about an hour, we headed back to the bus. I was so thankful (and excited) when I saw that our bus driver had water and snacks for us! It was now about 6pm and I was getting hungry so a light snack is exactly what I needed. Our next stop on the Grapevine Wine Tour was the Delaney Estate Vineyard. I highly recommend stopping by here and seeing the vineyard. Late May, early June is the best time of the year to see the vineyards in full bloom. I’m not big on selfies, but I had to take one here.
My jaw dropped when we walked into the main room inside the vineyard, it was gorgeous. We were told that many weddings took place there and I knew exactly why. The room had draping lights, wine barrels and a staircase from a second floor for brides to walk down. It almost made me change my mind about having a wedding.
There were a few tables set up inside for our wine tasting with cheese and chocolates for pairings. If you aren’t able to make it on a tour, you can stop by for a Wine Tasting for only $10! It’s a great deal and would make a great date night.
After drinking wine at both Homestead Winery and Delaney Vineyards, we were all ready for dinner. Our last stop was at Winewood Grill Restaurant. We stopped for another pairing and a three course meal. They knew we would be arriving, so they set up a private room for our group and had a set menu so things would move smoothly. We were able to choose our appetizer, and main dish then there was a special dessert prepared by the chef for our group. Dinner was fabulous because the tastings were on our own time. We were able to sip and chat with our friends, so it was very laid back (which I prefer).
Once dinner was completed, we were taken back to The Embassy Suites where we had parked. The whole wine tour took about 4.5 hours and cost $89.50 with everything included. We went to Homestead Winery, Delaney Vineyards and Winewood Restaurant but your tour might differ depending on the number of people that join you. If there are specific wineries that you want to go to, let them know and they will try their best to work around what you want.
For more information about Grapevine Wine Tours visit http://grapevinewinetours.com or call 817-259-WINE. You can save 10% off Grapevine lunch and dinner tours only, with code BLOG10 (expires 9/1/14). If you’re looking for a good reason to hang out with all your girlfriends, book a tour and make a night of it. Don’t forget they’ll pick you up across the metroplex, if you book a large group!
Have you been on a Wine Tour before? I would love to hear if your experience was like mine!