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Hill Country Christmas

Put some yeehaw in your gift giving this festive season, with local experiences and must-haves that yell Texas!

Sometimes your presence is worth more than any present. We share some experiences to get you and the ones you love out into beautiful Texas this holiday season... and thoughtful gifts to bring the yeehaw home with you!

Vines, wines and good cheer!

The moment you pull off Highway 290 onto the William Chris grounds at the Hye Estate, between Johnson City and Fredericksburg, the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country takes you back in time. From the simple charm of the original farmhouse – filled with ghost stories and legendary quirks, ask the shop clerks! - to the modern tasting room surrounded by an active vineyard, all elements of the property are beautifully suited to their terroir and makes visitors feel instantly like they are somewhere special and celebratory... because they are!

For the Texas wine lover in your life, a holiday gift that will never be forgotten is a ticket to The Vineyard Table Experience - a charming lunch featuring expertly selected seasonal food and wine pairings. During a guided tasting, guests are taken through four wines paired with house-made culinary creations (two cold, two hot – all delicious) that allow them to compare the wine before and after bites for a memorable and educational experience. As the wine flows, the photo opportunities are endless… and you can walk it all off with a wander around the grounds, a sweet home to countless wildflowers and butterflies.

$75 per person williamchriswines.com/vineyard-table-experience

If you can’t get out amongst the grapes and experts, you have the option to try their wine at home – or share it with someone special. You can enjoy the taste of Texas with William Chris’ two flagship reds harvested at the Vineyards in the Lone-Star State, with bottles of a 2020 Hunter and 2020 Enchante – two perfect wines to introduce Texas to your tastebuds!  Each Red Gift Set comes with a unique recipe to pair them with, developed by William Chris Vineyards in-house culinary team

$120.00 williamchriswines.com

What would Willie want?

The tiniest town of Luckenbach is holding its 5th annual Bazaar Christmas on December 3rd, 11am-5pm, when visitors can meet Santa, listen to live music in the famous dancehall, make arts and crafts, and shop in their legendary Post Office. If you can’t make it to the legendary Texas outpost that day, you can always shop online at their country store. If someone in your world loves Willie, they’re in luck. Tree ornaments of Shotgun Willie are $20.

shop.luckenbachtexas.com

Bottling up festive spirit

After an afternoon tasting Texas at this Dripping Springs brewery and dining destination - don't miss the magically comforting combo of smoke-house nachos, fried pickles and Fitzhugh fries - you can take the joy away with you with their sweet merch. Their 'You had me at Fitzhugh' tee,  $20, is the softest thing you'll ever feel. They also have cool dog toys for the furry loves on your gift list for $12.

fitzhughbrewing.com

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