Once known only for its wild grape species growing naturally for thousands of years along lakes, rivers and streams, Texas has matured to become a full-bodied and rich wine country. No longer must you spend a fortune traveling to France or California, great tasting wine is made in our own backyard.
One needn’t spend hours formulating a self guided wine tour in East Texas, the work’s already been done and for your next weekend getaway all you need do is follow the Piney Woods Wine Trail . May we suggest an enjoyable afternoon trip, or a tranquil weekend tasting wine and then relaxing in one of the beautiful Texas cottages along your route? But which route?
How about beginning in the beautiful highlands of the Sabine Valley at the Fairhaven Winery located just north of US 80 at 5340 South FM 2369, Hawkins, TX 75765?The folks at Fairhaven Winery pride themselves in fine grade handmade wines produced from hand picked estate grapes.
Upon leaving Hawkins our recommended second stop is the unique Miranda Lambert Store and Red 55 Winery located at 100 E Hubbard St, Lindale, TX 75771. Many folks enjoy the winery store’s gifts and products from Miranda’s merchandise line, but the Belle of the ball is the wonderful wine. The Lambert family partnered with Lou Vinery Vineyards to produce an amazingly diverse wine offering with Miranda’s signature names.
Next stop we suggest visiting the Crump Valley Vineyards (127 Crump Lane, Sulphur Springs, TX 75482) where you’ll enjoy great wine at a great price and a whole lot of great home grown entertainment to go along with it!
Finally head to Canton, Texas where the town of 3,581’s claim to fame is it’s tremendous growth once a month of up to 400,000 shoppers converging for the World Famous Trade Days which they tout as the oldest and largest continuously operating outdoor market in the United States.
But Canton is much more than a 4 day a month shopping mecca, it’s home to two of the areas’ superb wineries, Savannah Winery & Bistro and Texas Roads Winery & Roadhouse. The Savannah Winery & Bistro located at 574 E Dallas St, Canton, TX 75103 offers wine tasting any time. If you agree that variety is the spice of life then Savannah Winery is the stop for you. They carry wines from Brushy Creek Vineyards, Homestead Winery, Landon Winery, Los Pinos Ranch, Lou Viney Cellars and Messina Hof.
The Texas Roads Winery & Roadhouse is a short hop skip and a jump down the road at 124 W Dallas St in Canton. Offering over 30 local Texas wines with signature wines by winemaker Michael Ramsey.
After you’ve shared your self guided wine tour with that special someone, why not give your trip the perfect ending by enjoying the rest of the weekend at a beautiful Texas cottage? A short mile and a half away is the ideal place to relax with a fantastic Romance Package at Mill Creek Ranch Resort. There’s no need to rush home when you can enjoy one of Mill Creek Ranch Resort’s peaceful Texas cottages. Pull out the wine glasses and your newly acquired spirits and enjoy overnight accommodations for two in a luxurious Texas cottage, with a dozen roses awaiting your arrival. The special package includes a $100 dinner credit at Four Winds Steakhouse , full use of the wonderful Mill Creek Ranch Resort amenities and a special 2 p.m. late check-out.
If you feel you must visit just one more vineyard before your trip is complete, head South to Athens, TX to Tara Vineyard and Winery. They have a unique bottle shaped bar and fine cuisine that perfectly pair with their signature wines . You can have a pleasant reminder of your adventure each month when you join the Tara wine club. The winemakers choose a special wine to share each month with the club members. You can choose from 1-3 bottles per month.
Make plans today for your next weekend getaway enjoying the finest wines and Texas cottages that East Texas has to offer!
Mill Creek Ranch Resort
2102 N. Trade Days Blvd
Canton, Texas 75103