The famous duo of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans said farewell to us every week with their song, “Happy Trails to You”. This song, written by Foy Willing and adapted by Dale Evans, has become the manner of saying farewell with all the best wishes by people all over the world. It is symbolic of leaving and wishing others a happy journey.
Trails can lead us to new destinations, new adventures. And even though sometimes saying goodbye can be sad, trails can provide exciting experiences and the opportunity to return again and again.
North Texas boasts of four dynamic wine trails drawing thousands of visitors each year to sample Texas wines and food. The trail members host festivals and special events while creating multiple-location routes for every visitor. Most wine trails events offer a one price package that includes discounts, special amenities, and even limousine service..
The Dallas Town and Country Wine Trail is one of the largest wine trails in North Texas with six wineries only minutes outside of DFW. Like Landon Winery (pictured above) in McKinney, events and wine tastings are frequently scheduled throughout the year. Enjoy Landon’s Yellow Rose, an award-winning white wine or Eden Hill Winery’s Roussanne Sparkling Wine, one of the newest offerings in their extensive list of wines.
The Cross Timbers Wine Trail is an exciting, event-filled group of boutique wineries running north to south on the western edge of DFW. Member wineries offer Murder Mystery Trails each spring and fall. The best part of the spring and summer is Sangria Thursdays at Lost Oak Winery in Burleson made with their Blanc du Bois or Vintage Lane Willow White. Travel north to Alvord (just outside of Decatur) and visit with Brushy Creek Vineyards owner and winemaker Les Constable whose wine varieties include Tannat and Chambourcin grapes grown in his own 10-acre vineyard.
The Way Out Wineries is a group of 12 family-owned and operated wineries that run just south of the DFW Metroplex in Burleson and Granbury toward the north of the Texas Hill Country. Their “road trips” provide a scenic drive with special events for anyone traveling through the area.
Northwest of DFW, with the towns of Forestburg and Saint Jo as the center of the trail, the Red River Wine Trail draws visitors to the beautiful scenery surrounding the four winery members. Stop by Arche’ Winery to taste their Grand Champion winning Syrah or Blue Ostrich Winery and Vineyard to enjoy a glass of 2 Muscateers, a refreshing sparkling wine. At Blue Ostrich, formerly an ostrich breeding and ranching facility, guests are welcomed to the Red River Valley by the beautiful ostriches who still roam the vineyards.
For a more urban experience, you can enjoy the Grapevine Urban Wine Trail with its nine different tasting rooms. Each September, visitors can enjoy Grapefest, the largest wine festival in the Southwest and participate its People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic.
Visitors to Texas easily find their favorite winery by viewing maps in the TX Wine Passport Mobile App. The free mobile app, available for iPhones and Android phones, has over 10,000 users.
Texas is the 5th largest wine-producing state in the U.S. with over 300 wineries and 4,500 grape-acres. October is designated Texas Wine Month. Take advantage of exploring the State of Texas and enjoying the fruits of Texas grape growers’ labor. It will definitely bring any visitor good times and happy trails.