Waco, Texas

Waco has three area vineyards, as well as the top craft whisky distillery in Texas. A libation vacation here means staying at a hotel in Waco as the hub of your trip, and taking short jaunts (all less than 20 miles) to enjoy authentic Texas wines and spirits.

Want to leave the driving to someone else? Waco Wine Tours (www. wacotours.wine) offers tours of local wineries, as well as craft breweries or distilleries upon request.

Valley Mills Vineyards is a full-production winery that produces fine wines from 100% Texas-grown grapes. This family owned company uses intensive farming and old-world winemaking techniques. The family farms over 20 acres of vines in McLennan and Bosque Counties, and their wine program features bold, full-bodied red wines along with a wide range of varietals and styles. The tasting room hosts many special events, pairings, dinners, and parties.

Waco Winery is a locally-owned vineyard and tasting room. It’s a relaxed space to unwind and enjoy fine Texas wines. Their vineyards and tasting room are located just a few miles outside of Waco. The winery offers weekly live music, private parties, wine tastings and gourmet farm to table dinner events. Waco Winery is also planning to open Waco’s first rooftop winery and tasting room, in the heart of historic downtown Waco, just a few blocks from Magnolia Market.

Kissing Tree Vineyard has a sweet backstory: its owners shared their first kiss as high school freshmen in a hackberry tree located in what was to become their winery. Their tasting room offers live music and gourmet Italian dinners every weekend, and brunch on Sundays.

In just a few short years, Balcones Distilling crafted spirits that were recognized by the world’s top critics and judges, including The Spirits Business’ World Whisky Masters. Balcones Distilling makes the top corn whisky in Texas, according to Esquire (link: http://www.esquire.com/food-drink/drinks/a54739/best-whiskey-distilleries-in-america/). Take a tour at its gleaming factory, featuring world class copper pot stills built by top artisans in Scotland, and taste test for yourself.

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