Rolling hills. Vast horizons. Open skies. Weekends in central Texas wine country are well worth your time. From Comanche to Stonewall, we’ve trekked across the region to map the top five wineries you need to check out. See our list here.

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A Step into Texas History

Come for the wine, stay for the Lone-Star culture. At Brennan Vineyards in Comanche, you’ll taste a variety of Cabernet, Syrah and Nero d'Avola varietals in the McCrary house, which was built by early settlers in 1870. A must-try is the 2012 Brennan Vineyard Lily, a three-white-grape blend that has notes of honey, apricot and citrus and is a perfect start to a day of tasting.

Brennan Vineyards, 802 S. Austin St., Comanche

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Small-Town Charmer

The town of San Saba doesn’t necessarily make us think of vineyards--it’s better known for pecans--but Wedding Oak Winery is a diamond in the rough. The Sangiovese, a well-balanced red with notes of plum and cherry, can be sampled at the downtown tasting room just minutes from the vineyard.

Wedding Oak Winery, 316 E. Wallace St., San Saba

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On-site garden

There isn't a bad wine on the list at Becker Vineyards in Stonewall. Order a glass of the 2013 Provencal, a dry rosé with hints of strawberry and tropical fruit. Then stroll through three-acres of lavender fields, which were inspired by the Becker family’s trips to Provence.

Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Rd., Stonewall

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Just Three Hours South of Dallas

Although the Duchman Family Winery is only a winery, they work with vineyards in different areas of Texas--like Brennans in Comanche and Bayer Vineyards in the Panhandle--to select the best grapes to make perfectly blended wines. Taste the 2011 Tempranillo, a fruit-forward red with hints of leather, tobacco and vanilla whose grapes come from the Texas Panhandle.

Duchman Family Winery, 13308 W. Farm to Market Road 150, Burnett

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Educating Wine Lovers

The focus of Perissos Vineyard in Burnet is educating visitors through open harvests, grape crushing and tours. Love Syrah? Sign up for the midsummer harvest and crush at Perissos and watch the wine-making process from grape to barrel.

Perissos Vineyard, 7214 Park Rd., Burnet

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