Owners of popular Grapevine Wine Tours bring successful model to Dallas
Downtown Dallas has undergone an extraordinary transformation over the last several years, punctuated by a landmark bridge, the opening of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and Perot Science Museum, and the new Klyde Warren Park.
Now the city is welcoming the latest addition to its booming tourism and entertainment landscape: The Dallas Wine Tours.
Launched last month by the owners of the widely popular and award-winning Grapevine Wine Tours, the new tours are shining a light on some of Dallas’ best-kept secrets: Five award-winning wineries and a growing array of wine-themed establishments, each of which contributes to a rich tapestry that has developed largely unnoticed over the last decade or so.
“Our new Dallas tours offer our guests the opportunity to sample some of the most exceptional wines produced in the Great Southwest while having a fun, relaxing time with friends old and new,” says Nancy Childs, co-owner of the multi-city tour operator. “We were as surprised as most people to learn that Dallas was home to such outstanding wineries, so we’ve been preparing to expand from our Grapevine base for more than a year.”
Daily excursions rotate among the five premier wineries – Calais Winery, Fuqua Winery, Inwood Estates Vineyards, Times Ten Cellars and Two Corks & A Bottle. Wines produced by these Dallas-based vintners can be ordered at many of the swankiest restaurants in Texas, and across the country.
On some tours, trend-setting wine bars such as The Alcove, Max’s Wine Dive, Veritas and Vino 100 are integrated into the itinerary.
“We’ve adopted a slightly different model from our normal routine in Grapevine because none of the wineries in Dallas operates a full-service kitchen,” said Childs. “So instead of serving lunch or dinner with every tour, we are visiting a fourth winery and serving appetizers, hors d’oeuvres or desserts at each stop. We are also happy to cater in full meals from excellent local restaurants for groups that prefer a sit-down meal with their tour.”
Several tours have been conducted since the “soft launch” in May, and guest reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. The wineries also appreciate the extra attention.
“We’ve watched from afar as the Grapevine Wine Tours exploded in popularity and we’ve waited patiently for them to gear up to run tours in Dallas,” said Lee Fuqua, owner and chief winemaker at Fuqua Winery and president of the Dallas Winery Association. “We’re thrilled that they’re finally operating here and I have no doubt, from the reaction we’ve seen from their initial guests, that they are going to be a huge success. After all, we think we make the best wines in Texas right here in Dallas.”
Typical Dallas Wine Tours feature four stops where expert hosts pour and describe multiple wine tastings, which are paired with an array of cheeses, meats, desserts or other light food. A professional tour guide picks up and returns guests to downtown Dallas hotels in an eye-catching, climate-controlled tour bus. Afternoon excursions include a brief tour through downtown Dallas’ lively Arts District, Dealey Plaza and other popular attractions.
As in Grapevine, the four-hour excursions are available every day, though only afternoon tours are offered on Sundays.
Dallas Wine Tours are perfect for corporate team-building, convention excursions, anniversary and birthday celebrations, bachelorette parties and Girls Night Out, fundraising events or just a break from the ordinary dinner-and-a-movie night. Equally popular among out-of-town visitors and locals alike, each tour provides a fun and unique experience in one of America’s most vibrant cities.
Lunch tours are affordably priced at $74.50 per person. Dinner tour prices vary based on the number of venues visited and food selection offered. Please call 817.259.WINE (9463) or email info@DallasWineTours.com for reservations and/or dinner tour options.
For more information on schedules, group accommodations and other details, visit www.DallasWineTours.com.