The Best Wineries to Visit in Fort Worth, Tx
Texas isn’t the first place that comes to mind when most people think of wine, but the Dallas-Fort Worth area has a surprising number of wineries, vineyards, and wine-tasting events that are worth exploring. Throughout the Metroplex, you’ll discover an array of quaint tasting rooms, upscale wineries, relaxing wine lounges, and Texas-themed patios where wine takes center stage.
Whether you’re new to DFW’s wine scene or you’re a local on the lookout for the next best venue, here are some area wineries you don’t want to miss.
Grapevine, Texas, a charming city located between Dallas and Fort Worth, is recognized as the headquarters of the Texas wine industry thanks to its numerous tasting venues. Delaney Vineyards is one of the city’s oldest establishments, making it a true Texas icon.
For more than 20 years, Delaney Vineyards has operated its main vineyard in West Texas, but the company has an 8,000-square-foot winery on 10 acres of grapevine grounds right here in the aptly named Grapevine. Texas-themed Delaney Vineyards wines include the Texas Claret, a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and merlot grapes for a fruity, slightly dry finish; and Texas Rose, a fresh, fruity blend that pairs well with summer barbecue or seafood. The winery also produces Three Daughters (a full-bodied red), sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, cynthiana, muscat canelli, and chardonnay.
Delaney Vineyards is located at 2000 Champagne Boulevard in Grapevine and is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5:00 p.m. Rentable venue space is available for weddings, corporate events, and semi-private events.
Another great option in Grapevine is Messina Hof Winery and Resort, which is conveniently located in The Wallis Hotel on historic Main Street. Messina Hof is the most award-winning winery in Texas, and the Grapevine location its first urban winery. Visitors can experience multiple tasting areas, wine on tap, premium flights, gourmet food items, and multiple event spaces, all with 40 different wines to choose from.
The original Wallis Hotel was built in 1891 to accommodate traveling salesmen and business leaders. Although it was torn down in the 1930s, a replica was constructed on Main Street, which is where Messina Hof Grapevine calls home. Now the Messina Hof Winery and Resort, the hotel harkens back to a bygone era with beautiful architecture, original pieces on display, and delicious wine.
Messina Hof is open daily for wine tastings. Both standard and premium wine tastings are available, but if the cost is too steep, you can enjoy $5 Happy Hour Monday through Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Come hungry, though, because Messina Hof offers an extensive food menu ranging from warm brie and charcuterie to a decadent chocolate sampler.
Lost Oak Winery
Of course, Grapevine isn’t the only city in the Metroplex with great wine. Located just south of Fort Worth in Burleson, Lost Oak Winery is a family-owned and operated venue with a growing Texas wine list, event space, and plenty of entertainment options.
Lost Oak Winery has won numerous awards, yet its delectable wines remain affordable on any budget. Popular selections include the Merlot Double Diamond, the Texas Trio, Sweet Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc, and the Texas Duet. If you’re looking to splurge, try the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve with its mulberry jam explosion, hints of sweet tobacco, and baked caramel apple nose.
Nestled on the banks of Village Creek at 8101 County Road 802 in Burleson, Lost Oak Winery is a short drive from Dallas or Fort Worth. Spend the day tasting the wines, taking a tour, hiking the grounds, or having a picnic. The winery offers a select menu of gourmet cheeses, but you’re welcome to bring your own picnic lunch. Normal tasting room hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Times Ten Cellars
Guests craving an upscale tasting room experience should check out Times Ten Cellars in Dallas. Located at 6324 Prospect Avenue, this stylish winery and wine bar has been a staple in DFW for 15 years. Times Ten Cellars prides itself on offering approachable, small-production wines and intimate event spaces that bring friends and family together.
Aside from the label’s own reds and whites, Times Ten Cellars also serves other winery options from places like Dry Creek Valley, Napa Valley, and Tuscany. Wine-tasting options include any four wines at the tasting counter or a seated wine tasting (by reservation only) for larger groups. Wine flights are also available, including the “Don’t Mess With Texas” option, which includes three samplings of Texas wines.
Before visiting Times Ten Cellars, check the website for the current food menu, upcoming events, and take-home wine specials. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. If you’re planning a special event, Times Ten Cellars rents out or reserves spaces for rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, showers, receptions, and other special occasions.
Rancho Loma Vineyards
For a truly urban experience, head to Rancho Loma Vineyards‘ tasting room at 411 South Main in the hip Near Southside. The makers of RLV wines have adapted their own wine-making philosophy from France’s Southern Rhone Valley, sourcing high-quality grape varietals to add complexity and richness to the label’s blends.
If you’re serious about wine, consider joining one of RLV’s wine clubs. Each wine club tier comes with its own perks, such as 15% off all wine purchases, access to invitation-only release parties, complimentary glasses of wine, quarterly newsletters, and priority event reservations. The highest tiers even allow you to work with your own personal wine concierge to customize your orders.
Rancho Loma Vineyards in Fort Worth offers specialized artisan charcuterie boards that are perfectly paired with each RLV wine. Visit the tasting room on Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Wine bottles never stay corked for long in Texas — and with so many great tasting rooms around town, why would they be? Have you visited one of our recommended wineries? Did we miss your favorite? If so, let us know in the comments!