Wine Tours

Wine tours normally begin at the Visitors Center in downtown Houston.  We offer free pickup from and return to any of the downtown hotels.  We offer pickup and return service for a surcharge depending on the distance outside of downtown.

We conduct wine tours throughout the year.  Arguably the best times to go are in early April when the bluebonnets are generally in bloom and the weather is moderate, and the latter part of October, when the temperatures have generally cooled.  The state of Texas has designated October as wine month.   A number of wineries have grape stomps in July and August that are great fun, but beware of the heat.  January, February, November, and December are slow months that can result in the tourists receiving more attention at each winery.


General Information about the Wine Tours


The Tours

We offer the following Wine Tours. Select the tour that sounds best to you.


Tour A

This  is the shortest tour at 3.5 hours.  It only goes to 1 winery – the Haak Winery in Santa Fe. This is an excellent tour for the budget conscious tourist, the tourist with little time, and or the first time tourist of a winery. You will have 5 wines to taste. This is southeast from Houston. Because this is a short tour, we can be flexible on the start time and it can begin on Sunday at 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, or 2:00 PM. It can begin on Monday through Saturday at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, or 2:00 PM..

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Tour B

This tour is 5 hours. It does not go to wineries, but to tasting rooms in the quaint Old Town Spring. The Envy Wine Room specializes in imported and out-of-state domestic wines. It has a magnificent selection of wines as well as beer. The Old Town Spring Tasting Room has Texas wines to taste, many from the Wimberley area. You will have 4 samples at each site. Old Town Spring has been a favorite site for many people for decades, especially in the fall and winter leading to the holidays, for the shopping opportunities for handicrafts and fashions in small boutiques and the charm of a partially reconstructed village of circa 1900.

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Tour C

This tour is 6 hours. This tour has 1 boutique winery and 1 winery. Cork This! Winery is a small wine tasting location in Montgomery. Bernhardt Winery is a small mom and pop boutique winery that can produce approximately 6,000 gallons of wine each year. You will have 10 wines to taste: 4 at Cork This! Winery and 6 at Bernhardt Winery. These two facilities are located primarily north by northwest from Houston. This tour is available on Sunday and Wednesday through Saturday starting at 10:00 AM.

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Tour D

This tour is 7 hours. Along with Tours D and F, these are the most popular tours. It takes you to 2 wineries: Pleasant Hill Winery and Windy Winery. Both are located in Brenham. You will have 9 wines to taste with 4 at Pleasant Hill Winery and 5 at Windy Winery. You will have a tour at Pleasant Hill Winery and a presentation at Windy Winery. You may be light-headed, flush, and feeling warm by the end of the tour. This tour is available on Sunday and Saturday starting at 11:00 AM.

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Tour E

This tour is 8 hours. It is one of the two most popular wine tours. This tour is the same as Tour C with an additional stop and hour. Besides visiting 2 wineries, Pleasant Hill Winery and Windy Winery, we begin by visiting the Blue Bell Creamery on Saturday. Its gift shop and ice cream parlor are open on Saturdays. It has, perhaps, the best ice cream in Texas. All of the locations are in Brenham. This tour is available on Sunday and Saturday starting at 10:00 AM.

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Tour F

This tour is 9 hours. It includes 3 wineries in 2 different cities. This tour includes the same 2 wineries from Tour C and adds Saddlehorn Winery in Burton. You will have 15 wines to taste, the most of any of the tours. Saddlehorn offers 6 tastings. You may sleep on the return trip by the end of the tour. Hopefully, you do not snore. This tour is available on Sunday and Saturday starting at 10:00 AM.

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Tour G

This tour is 10 hours. It includes 3 wineries in 2 different cities. This tour includes the Brenham wineries of Pleasant Hill Winery and Windy Winery and one of the most impressive wineries and resorts in Texas: Messina Hof Winery & Resort. Messina Hof is the furthest winery of the ones that we visit for a day tour. This winery is larger than the other wineries combined and is recognized as one of the best in Texas. Its wines have won several awards. You will taste approximately 13 wines, including 4 from Messina Hof and receive 2 souvenir glasses: one from Windy Winery and one from Messina Hof. This tour is available on Sunday starting at 10:30 AM and on Saturday starting at 10:00 AM.

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Tour H

This tour is 11 hours. It is one of the two most popular tours. This tour also includes 3 wineries in 2 different cities and visiting the Blue Bell Creameries. It includes the Brenham wineries of Pleasant Hill Winery and Windy Winery and one of the most impressive wineries and resorts in Texas: Messina Hof Winery & Resort. You will taste approximately 13 wines and receive 2 souvenir glasses: one from Windy Winery and one from Messina Hoff. This tour is available on Saturday starting at 9:00 AM.

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General Information Details

Time Considerations:

Please keep in mind that none of these wineries are in Houston. The majority of time on Tour A is spent in commuting.

  • Houston to Old Town Spring is 23.7 miles/39.7 kilometers. It is approximately a 0.6-hour drive.
  • Houston to Santa Fe is 43.4 miles/69.9 kilometers. It is approximately a 0.9-hour drive.
  • Houston to Montgomery is 61.3 miles/98.7 kilometers. It is approximately a 1.25-hour drive.
    Houston to Plantersville is 61.6 miles/99.1 kilometers. It is approximately a 1.25-hour drive.
  • Houston to Brenham is 73.2 miles/117.8 kilometers. It is approximately a 1.25-hour drive.
  • Houston to College Station is 99.6 miles/160.3 kilometers. It is approximately a 1.6-hour drive.
  • Houston to Burton is 85.5 miles/137.6 kilometers. It is approximately a 1.6-hour drive.
  • Brenham to Bryan is 52.1 miles/83.9 kilometers. It is approximately a 1.0-hour drive.
  • Brenham to Burton is 12.6 miles/20.3 kilometers. It is approximately a 0.33-hour drive.
  • Montgomery to Plantersville is 17.8 miles/28.7 kilometers. It is approximately a 0.4–hour drive.

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Days Available:

These tours have limited availability. The majority of the wineries are closed Monday and some are closed other weekdays.

  1. Bernhardt Winery is open Tuesday through Sunday. On Tour C.
  2. Cork This! Winery is open Wednesday through Sunday. On Tour C.
  3. Envy Wine Room is open Tuesday through Sunday. On Tour B.
  4. Haak Vineyards & Winery is open everyday. On Tour A.
  5. Messina Hof Winery & Resort is open everyday. On Tours G and H.
  6. Old Town Spring Tasting Room is open Tuesday through Sunday. On Tour B.
  7. Pleasant Hill Winery is open on Saturday and Sunday. On Tours D through H.
  8. Saddlehorn Winery is open Tuesday through Sunday. On Tour F.
  9. Windy Winery is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. On Tours D through H.
  10. The Blue Bell Creamery gift shop and ice cream parlor are open on Saturday. Blue Bell has tours on Monday through Friday, but most of the wineries are closed during those days. It is totally closed on Sunday. On Tours E and H. If for any reason Blue Bell is closed, we substitute a visit to Chappell Hill.

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Number of Tastes:

  1. Bernhardt Winery – 6.
  2. Cork This! Winery – 4.
  3. Envy Wine Room – 4.
  4. Haak Vineyards & Winery – 5.
  5. Messina Hof Winery & Resort – 4.
  6. Old Town Spring Tasting Room – 4.
  7. Pleasant Hill Winery – 4.
  8. Saddlehorn Winery – 6.
  9. Windy Winery – 5.

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Lunch

For Tour A, this is a short three-hour tour and does not have a stop for lunch.

For Tour B, we stop at two wine tasting shops in the quaint Old Town Spring. Participants will have time to shop at over 50 handicraft stores and have option for lunch at over one-half dozen restaurants.

For Tour C, tourists have many options in the town of Montgomery. Most restaurants are local mom and pop operations that can come and go. A couple of good ones are The Pizza Shack which serves Italian food and the Cozy Grape Wine Bar and Bistro. Lunch will normally cost between $10.00 and $20.00, depending on what you order.

For Tours D through H, we normally stop at Must Be Heaven. This is a cute sandwich shop off of the town square in Brenham. Lunch will normally cost between $8.00 and $15.00, depending on what you order. You might have time to shop at the many antique, handicraft, and clothing stores that are located within walking distance around the old downtown. An alternative restaurant is the Brenham Grill with meals that normally cost between $10.00 and $20.00. Other restaurants can be found around the town square area.  We will show you these other restaurants and familiarize you with the shopping around the town square.

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Videos and Music:

We have numerous CDs of tranquil instrumental French, Italian, and other ballads designed for wine tours.

For groups of 6 or more people, we make available popular mostly romantic comedy movies with wine themes to watch to and from our destinations. Additionally, we have the classic I Love Lucy episode of her grape stomping.

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Eating or Smoking on the Transportation:

Prohibited.

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Beverages on the Transportation:

Non-alcoholic drinks are welcome. All drinks should have a cover, cap, or lid to reduce or prevent spillage. A $200 deposit, of which $100 is non-refundable, is to be paid 30 days in advance if anyone wants to drink alcohol on a car, van, or bus.

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Tour A

This  is the shortest tour at 3.5 hours.  It only goes to 1 winery – the Haak Winery in Santa Fe.  This is an excellent tour for the budget conscious tourist, the tourist with little time, and or the first time tourist of a winery.  You will have 5 wines to taste.  This is southeast from Houston.  Because this is a short tour, we can be flexible on the start time and it can begin on Sunday at 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, or 2:00 PM.  It can begin on Monday through Saturday at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, or 2:00 PM.

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Tour B

This tour is 5 hours. It does not go to wineries, but to tasting rooms in the quaint Old Town Spring. The Envy Wine Room specializes in imported and out-of-state domestic wines. It has a magnificent selection of wines as well as beer. The Old Town Spring Tasting Room has Texas wines to taste, many from the Wimberley area. You will have 4 samples at each site. Old Town Spring has been a favorite site for many people for decades, especially in the fall and winter leading to the holidays, for the shopping opportunities for handicrafts and fashions in small boutiques and the charm of a partially reconstructed village of circa 1900.

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Tour C

This tour is 6 hours. This tour has 1 boutique winery and 1 winery. Cork This! Winery is a small wine tasting location in Montgomery. Bernhardt Winery is a small mom and pop boutique winery that can produce approximately 6,000 gallons of wine each year. You will have 10 wines to taste: 4 at Cork This! Winery and 6 at Bernhardt Winery. These two facilities are located primarily north by northwest from Houston. This tour is available on Sunday and Wednesday through Saturday starting at 10:00 AM.

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Tour D

This tour is 7 hours. Along with Tours D and F, these are the most popular tours. It takes you to 2 wineries: Pleasant Hill Winery and Windy Winery. Both are located in Brenham. You will have 9 wines to taste with 4 at Pleasant Hill Winery and 5 at Windy Winery. You will have a tour at Pleasant Hill Winery and a presentation at Windy Winery. You may be light-headed, flush, and feeling warm by the end of the tour. This tour is available on Sunday and Saturday starting at 11:00 AM.

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Tour E

This tour is 8 hours. It is one of the two most popular wine tours. This tour is the same as Tour C with an additional stop and hour. Besides visiting 2 wineries, Pleasant Hill Winery and Windy Winery, we begin by visiting the Blue Bell Creamery on Saturday. Its gift shop and ice cream parlor are open on Saturdays. It has, perhaps, the best ice cream in Texas. All of the locations are in Brenham. This tour is available on Sunday and Saturday starting at 10:00 AM.

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Tour F

This tour is 9 hours. It includes 3 wineries in 2 different cities. This tour includes the same 2 wineries from Tour C and adds Saddlehorn Winery in Burton. You will have 15 wines to taste, the most of any of the tours. Saddlehorn offers 6 tastings. You may sleep on the return trip by the end of the tour. Hopefully, you do not snore. This tour is available on Sunday and Saturday starting at 10:00 AM.

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Tour G

This tour is 10 hours. It includes 3 wineries in 2 different cities. This tour includes the Brenham wineries of Pleasant Hill Winery and Windy Winery and one of the most impressive wineries and resorts in Texas: Messina Hof Winery & Resort. Messina Hof is the furthest winery of the ones that we visit for a day tour. This winery is larger than the other wineries combined and is recognized as one of the best in Texas. Its wines have won several awards. You will taste approximately 13 wines, including 4 from Messina Hof and receive 2 souvenir glasses: one from Windy Winery and one from Messina Hof. This tour is available on Sunday starting at 10:30 AM and on Saturday starting at 10:00 AM.

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Tour H

This tour is 11 hours. It is one of the two most popular tours. This tour also includes 3 wineries in 2 different cities and visiting the Blue Bell Creameries. It includes the Brenham wineries of Pleasant Hill Winery and Windy Winery and one of the most impressive wineries and resorts in Texas: Messina Hof Winery & Resort. You will taste approximately 13 wines and receive 2 souvenir glasses: one from Windy Winery and one from Messina Hoff. This tour is available on Saturday starting at 9:00 AM.

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