Uncork the flavor.
By Hope S. Philbrick
What came first: the name of the city or its becoming the headquarters of the Texas wine industry?
Doesn’t matter, since either way it’s a perfect pairing.
Raise a glass and say Cheers! to Grapevine’s abundant restaurants, wineries and wine-related activities that make it a tasty destination.
Grapevine is home to award-winning wineries and winemakers, the state’s Urban Wine Trail, the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, and GrapeFest—the largest wine festival in the Southwest, held each September.
Texas is the fifth-largest wine producing state in the U.S. and historic downtown Grapevine is a convenient hub to sample its flavor.
Grapevine may be the best place to take your tongue.
Whether you’ve got a craving for a slab of steak or ethnic spice, Grapevine’s 200 restaurants are ready to satisfy your appetite. Among our recent discoveries…
Dino’s Steak and Claw House
324 S. Main St.
Grapevine, TX 76051
Housed in a vintage bank building, this elegant traditional “surf and turf” restaurant boasts attentive service, upscale preparations, and a broad menu. Come for an authentic taste of Grapevine and indulge in generous portions of classic American cuisine, sip wine or a cocktail at the bar, listen to local pianists tickle the ivories, and see works by local contemporary artists.
Dr. Sue’s Chocolate
520 S. Main St.
Grapevine, TX 76051
If you think wine and chocolate are a scrumptious match but feel guilty about enjoying that sweet satisfaction, here’s a guilt-less solution. Dr. Sue is a physician on a mission to fight obesity-related disease through her all-natural dark chocolate treats. Confections you can trust: Does it really get any better? Yes: Abundant flavor combinations (e.g., with and without nuts, fruits, spices, etc.) ensure there’s something for every palate.
Main Street Bistro & Bakery
316 S. Main St.
Grapevine, TX 76051
If there was one Grapevine restaurant that I could have packed up and brought home with me, it’s this one. The casual place is buzzing with patrons even at odd hours, and one look at the pastry case is the only explanation needed to understand why. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are packed with mouthwatering temptations from classic to creative. Don’t miss the crab and brie quesadillas topped with a mango salsa for proof that Tex-Mex and French cuisines make delicious partners.
1265 S. Main St.
Grapevine, TX 76051
This upscale casual eatery features generous portions of American classics, made with fresh ingredients and a Texas twist. From ahi tuna to rack of lamb, Cajun pasta to veal chop Milanese, rotisserie chicken to Chilean sea bass, hearty options aim to erase hunger. Don’t miss the mac and cheese, which include smoked gouda and bacon in the dish.
With nearly a dozen winery tasting rooms plus brewpubs, bars and pubs, there are plenty of ways to quench your thirst in Grapevine. Just remember to bring your wallet because you will want to buy some bottles to take home. Among our recent discoveries…
211 E. Worth St.
While the Grapevine tasting room is located inside a Victorian home (circa 1890s), the Ivanhoe-based winery is the oldest continually operating winery in Texas’ Red River Valley. “For 120 years we’ve operated a continuous farm and have grown grapes for the past 25 years,” says one representative. Winemaker Roy Mitchell produces a variety of sherry, port, red and white wines in a range of styles from dry to sweet. The winery offers daily tastings and hosts special events.
Messina Hof Winery Grapevine
1 Liberty Park Place
This tasting room (opened in late 2014), is located in a replica of the Wallis Hotel. The winery, launched in 1977, is the third-oldest in Texas and one of the state’s most regarded and award-winning wineries. The family-owned business produces more than 50 wines from 28 different grape varietals including private reserve, port and sherry from dry to semi-dry to sweet. “We’re known for our ports,” says Nathan Dewitt, general manager, adding that “Cabernet Franc is a best-seller.” Also try the GSM, a well-balanced blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Wine on tap is an environmental initiative that reduces bottle waste. “We rotate taps regularly,” says Dewitt. “It’s as fresh as you can get wine; the wine never sees bottle”—when sold by the glass, though you can buy a reusable “growler” to take some of it home.
Sloan & Williams Winery
112 E. Texas St.
This winery is a passion project of two military veterans. Open less than a year, it won its first gold medal in its first month. The pet-friendly tasting room pours wines produced from a range of fruit, including vinifera and native grapes as well as blackberry, cherry, peach and apple. With 16 varietals currently available, the wines range from dry to sweet. Savor sips at the friendly bar. Save room for dessert because you don’t want to miss the wine ice cream.
@21plusTravel Tip: Avoid risk of a DUI and join Grapevine Wine Tours (817.259.9463) for a lunch or dinner wine tasting excursion. Each tour includes transportation, wine tastings at three wineries, a brief city tour with expert narration detailing the history of North Texas’ winemaking, and a meal. You don’t need to plan a thing, plus get to cast a vote for “Most Outstanding Wine of the Year.” Tours run daily, year-round and each one is different so you can do it again and again.
More Grapevine Wineries…
Sippable Events in Grapevine…
February: Sweetheart Wine Trail
March: Jazz Wine Trains
April: Blessing of the Vines & New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail
May: Main Street Fest—a craft brew experience
September: GrapeFest—the largest wine festival in the Southwest!
October: Hallo-Wine Trail
- Historic downtown Grapevine boasts more than 80 locally-owned shops, restaurants and art galleries. The area also offers a number of hotels, attractions, 81 holes of golf—including the first NFL themed course-Cowboys Golf Club—and much more.
- Getting to Grapevine is easy: Just take a shuttle from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
- Read about where to stay
- Read about Grapevine’s art scene
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