With three dozen and counting wineries dotting the Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg is a convenient jumping point to around 20 of them. The epicenter of the Texas wine industry is rapidly garnering a “Mini-Napa” reputation thanks to impressive wineries like Becker Vineyards which has evolved exquisitely over the past two decades to produce a variety of impressive award-winning drops. Nestled between Fredericksburg and Stonewall, the estate is located on 46 acres of vineyards where visiting guests can purchase a $12 sample of six wines from an extensive list and keep their Becker Vineyards-embossed wine glass as a souvenir to take home along with a few of their favorite bottles. Take a tour to experience Dr. Richard Becker's Library, the newly completed 20 year collection of the Becker's private wine selection, as well as the vineyard's tank rooms and barrel and bottling haus. But nothing beats swirling wine on a fall afternoon while gazing out on fields dotted with lavender and endless rows of grapevine in the company of live music. It's the closest Texas gets to heaven.