we just came from vacation in Paso Robles where we visited the wineries there as well. The owner of Bell Springs Winery went to college in San Luis Obispo and decided to bring the wines of the SLO life to the hill country. While the delicious Paso Robles wine might have been worth it were we drinking, what made the stop at Bell Spring Winery worth it to us was the beautiful drive on the way there and from there onto our next stop -- a drive we would have missed had we not gone this way specifically to stop by Bell Springs.
Driftwood Vineyards with a sign that said Driftwood Estate Winery (which is why one might be confused with all the signage). All the while I was unsure we were going the right direction and freaking out that because it was up a dirt road we were going to pull up to a scary little trailer and be stuck in the woods. Brando laughed, and continued on despite my protests, and tried to assure me that it could be some gorgeous view we would've totally missed otherwise. As we drove, the road began to curve up a hill, and I began to think he must be right as there could only be a beautiful view at the top of any hill around here. When we got to the top, the unassuming building still scared me, but the parking lot full of cars couldn't lie, so I got out of the car. He was totally right. It was a beautiful view with the entire vineyard stretched out below
We explored the grounds
|Love how picturesquely perfect this convertible is with the overhanging trees and the white picket fence on either side.|
|Texas is grandiose with it's entrances to home estate projects. This one might be one of the most over-the-top and prettiest.|
And, boy, was that a good decision. Duchman Vineyards is the vineyard next door to Trattoria Lisina. The vineyard used to be owned by the owner of the restaurant, Mandola, but while he still has his own winery and the additional restaurants in Austin, the vineyard is now owned by the Duchman family. However, they seem to work seamlessly as the grounds are combined and it is impossible to tell divisively where one ends and the other begins.
Probably not having wine helped the feeling of relaxation and elation without any fogginess. As our previous wine tasting experience was fabulous, but did not end so well -- see the bottom of the post here -- we merely enjoyed the scenery, views, and food, and didn't participate in any wine tastings. This was a vineyard tour, not a winery tour, and though I can't speak with authority on the tastes of the wine, I can tell you that the places we went to are very well known for their delicious wines, and from personal observation, the people at the places we went to were sure enjoying the tastings.
This is my (over the top per usual) entry for Uniquely Your City. Please see my updated information regarding a monthly deadline and format for Uniquely Your City, and share your own post about your favorite unique place in your city or a city you've visited by Tuesday at midnight. As you can see from my entry, the post does not have to be posted on Tuesday, although it should have been posted within the last month.