“It was so nice to see what kind of wine Texas has to offer. We had no idea!”
— Marlene & Ted Meridian - Alberta, Canada
Dining in the Texas Wine Country
If you like Texas Hill Country wine and gourmet cuisine, stop looking. You’ve found the ultimate Texas Wine Country restaurant boasting the largest Texas wine list you can find.
The Texas Wine Choices Are Endless
There are two things that separate the Cabernet Grill from the rest of the Hill Country or Fredericksburg restaurants. One is the delectable food, of course. The other is having the widest selection of Texas wines at your fingertips. Anyone who follows the wine market knows how the Texas wine industry has grown by leaps and bounds. Many vintners have won awards competing against legendary labels. At the Cabernet Grill, we have taken special interest in this and love to pass this enthusiasm on to our guests.
Texas Wine Spoken Here
Don’t consider yourself a wine connoisseur? Not familiar enough with Texas Wine brands? No problem. Our waitstaff is specially trained to assist you in choosing a wine to suit your menu selections with none of the pretentious nonsense you find at other high-end restaurants. There are no wine snobs allowed here. Only guests interested in having a meal worth remembering — for a long time.
Some Texas Wine History
Texas wine dates back to the 1600s when Spanish missionaries planted grapes for Eucharistic wine. Produced mainly for religious purposes, this wine making continued until the prohibition era, which virtually eliminated the market for wine grapes.
In the 1840s, Texas experienced a growth spurt with the influx of German immigrants settling towns in Central Texas — including Fredericksburg. Many of these immigrants began to grow grapes but weather, pests and the European grape varieties presented challenges for success.
The industry hung on and interest continued through 1900. Agricultural records from 1895 show that Texas had more than 1,800 acres devoted to grape production, yielding 1.5 million pounds of grapes and 1,800 barrels of wine. But despite the repeal of prohibition, the wine industry started to decline and by 1970 there were less than 90 acres of grapes.
California appeared on the Wine horizon and before long was stealing thunder from European vintners. Before long, Texas universities were studying agricultural opportunities in Texas for grape farming. And in the late 1970s the industry “took root” once again.
As they say “the rest is history.” The meteoric rise of the wine industry is an amazing story. Advances in irrigation techniques, mechanization, and fermentation technology in the second half of the 20th century have had a tremendous impact in the Texas vineyards. And our Texas vineyards are now competing — and winning — against veteran Californian and European labels.
We don’t just love Texas wine. We have a true interest in learning about each Texas vineyard that gets poured into your glasses. Just ask your waiter. In the meantime, visit them yourselves below.
Becker Vineyards, Stonewall Texas
Bending Branch Winery, Comfort, Texas
Brennan Vineyards, Comanche, Texas
Driftwood Vineyards, Driftwood Texas
Duchman Family Winery, Driftwood Texas
Fall Creek Vineyards, Tow Texas
Flat Creek Estate, Marble Falls Texas
Fredericksburg Winery, Fredericksburg Texas
Grape Creek Vineyards, Stonewall Texas
Haak Vineyards, Santa Fe, Texas
Hilmy Cellars, Fredericksbueg, Texas
Hye Meadow Winery, Hye, Texas
Inwood Estates Winery, Dallas Texas
Llano Estacado Winery, Lubbock Texas
Lost Draw Cellars, Fredericksburg, Texas
Lewis Wines, Johnson City, Texas
McPherson Cellars, Lubbock Texas
Messina Hof Winery, Bryan Texas
Pedernales Cellars, Stonewall Texas
Pontotoc Vineyards, Fredericksburg, Texas
Rancho Ponte Vineyards, Stonewall Texas
Red Caboose Winery, Bosque County, Texas
Sandstone Vineyards, Mason Texas
Singing Water Vineyards, Comfort Texas
Sister Creek Vineyards, Sisterdale Texas
Spicewood Vineyards, Spicewood Texas
Texas Hills Vineyard, Johnson City Texas
Torre di Pietra Vineyard, Stonewall Texas
Woodrose Vineyards, Stonewall Texas
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