Looking for the perfect place to escape to this weekend to sample delicious food and fine wine in the company of great friends? The answer is closer than you think. Join the Grapevine Food Tour for a unique culinary experience—and learn a few things about the historic town, as well.
Grapevine Food Tour offers three types of tours: the Original Food, Wine & History Tour; the Wine & Chocolate Happy Hour Tour; and the newly launched Beer, Bites & History Tour. All are walking tours along historic Main Street in Grapevine.
“Each tour visits several locally owned restaurants, winery tasting rooms and specialty shops, and on our Original Food, Wine & History Tour, we talk about Grapevine’s rich history, culture and architecture between tastings,” says Kalee Wulfers, owner and lead guide of the Grapevine Food Tour.
Two to 10 people ages 21 and older may participate in the tours.
“It is important for me to keep it as a small group tour because my goal with Grapevine Food Tour is not just to take people around to taste food and wine, but to create an intimate experience where our guests can connect with one another and enjoy great conversations along the way.”
Kalee created Grapevine Food Tour after being a food guide in Sonoma, California, when she and her husband lived there in 2018.
“When we moved back to Texas, I knew it was exactly what Grapevine was missing. We have so much deep history in Grapevine and fantastic restaurants and specialty shops, that I knew Grapevine would be a perfect spot to bring all of that together and share with not only tourists who visit Grapevine, but for locals, as well.”
Kalee says the tours are ideal for couples, groups of friends or even those wishing to venture out on their own and make new friends.
“We also encourage small businesses to use our tours as team building for their staff,” she says. “Our tours are a way for friends and family and strangers on tour, who quickly become friends, to create fun memories together. Food and drink bring people together naturally, but with the small group intimacy that our tour provides, it makes the experience extra special.”
The restaurants on the tour allow Grapevine Food Tour to bring in as many as 10 guests on each tour.
“They have the tables pre-set and offer five-star service,” Kalee says. “My guests often say they feel like a VIP on tour because the experience is so seamless. I very much appreciate each and every one of our tour partners. We could not have a successful tour without these wonderful restaurants, winery tasting rooms and specialty shops, and so we are extremely thankful for them.”
Kalee says she believes in supporting and celebrating local businesses, and her tour does just that.
“Our world has become one of convenience and disconnect. We order online everything from groceries to furniture and everything in between, and most of the time it is from ‘big-box’ entities. I am a big believer in supporting local business because it is relationship-based,” she says. “In local restaurants, wineries and specialty shops, you get to know the owners and staff. I love to meet the people behind the scenes and support them in any way I can.”
In return, the local businesses’ response to the tours has been overwhelming, Kalee says.
“I have been blown away by the enthusiasm the restaurants, wineries and specialty shops have had toward our tours. They especially love that we incorporate a little history on the tour. They love that I am taking people on a walking tour where the guests can get a closer view of the retail and restaurants along Main Street,” Kalee says. “We feel like we are an ambassador for Grapevine and really try to promote all businesses in Grapevine, even if they are not on tour.”
Tour participants also have praised the experience.
“I am overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and excitement Grapevine Food Tour has received in the short time we have been operating,” Kalee says. “Many people have said how surprised they are that nothing like this has opened in Grapevine prior to us. I always say how thankful I am that this is the case, so I could be the one to offer such a unique experience along historic Main Street.”
For more information about the Grapevine Food Tour, visit GrapevineFoodTour.com.
Original Food, Wine & History Walking Tour, $85 per person
11 a.m.–2 p.m. daily
This three-hour walking tour, which is more like a casual stroll, visits five tasting locations along historic Main Street. Participants will taste delicious food, wine and other spirits from local restaurants and specialty shops. In between tastings, guests will learn about Grapevine’s rich history, culture and architecture.
Wine & Chocolate Happy Hour Tour, $60 per person
3–5:30 p.m. Thursday–Sunday
This two-and-a-half-hour walking tour visits three winery tasting rooms and three chocolate specialty shops along historic Main Street. Experience a variety of wine, chocolate and cheese pairings with wines from Texas and around the world and chocolate from local chocolatiers.
Beer, Bites & History Tour, $85 per person
Noon–3 p.m. Thursday–Sunday
This three-hour walking tour visits five unique restaurants along historic Main Street where participants will experience a variety of craft beer and comfort food. In between the tastings, guests will learn about Grapevine’s rich history, culture and architecture.
Tours do not operate during major holidays and local festivals such as Main Street Fest and GrapeFest. For availability, please visit the GrapevineFoodTour.com.
For a nice touch, consider hiring a driver to transport your group to and from the tours. We recommend Flower Mound's Bradley Zane, owner of RushTrips Transportation (RushTrips.com).