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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Leave busy Austin for a half-day barbecue and wine tour in the Texas Hill Country. Your driver takes you to the outskirts of Austin to visit three different venues.
  • Wine barbecue shuttle from Austin
  • Sink your teeth into some classic Texas barbecue dishes at the Salt Lick (own expense)
  • Leave the driving to the professionals while tasting Texas Hill Country wine
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Driver/guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Food and drinks
Gratuities
It is recommended you bring $35 for BBQ at Salt Lick. Wine Tastings cost about $17-20 each.
Austin Visitor Center , 602 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

Inside the AUSTIN VISITOR CENTER

10:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
After making your own way to the Austin Visitors Center to meet your shuttle, travel to Texas Hill Country. Enjoy time at each stop, trying some authentic Texas barbecue and wine tasting without worrying about your transportation.

The Salt Lick opened in 1967, and became nationally famous after its barbecue was heralded on the Travel Channel in 2008. Salt Lick Cellars planted its vines in 2006 and served up its first bottles of wine in 2008.

Drinks and food are at your own expense. Expect the tastings to cost between $10 to $25. Your tour ends with return to Austin in the mid-afternoon.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
The Salt Lick BBQ
Visit the world famous Salt Lick to fill up on delicious Texas BBQ! Please note that the tour price does not include any alcohol, tastings, or food. We recommend budgeting $35/person for the BBQ lunch and each wine tasting costs $17-20 + tax/tip.
Duration: 50 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fall Creek Vineyards
Taste delicious local wines at this premier Hill Country winery! Tastings cost $20 + tax/tip payable directly to the winery. Location subject to change based on availability.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Duchman Family Winery
Sip award-winning wines while soaking in those gorgeous Hill Country views! Tastings cost $17 + tax/tip (payable directly to the winery). Location subject to change based on availability.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour departs from the AUSTIN VISITOR CENTER located at 602 E. 4th Street, Austin, TX 78701.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years old.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start time for check in. We are unable to delay the tour for guests who arrive late.
  • Parking is available in the Austin Convention Center Garage which is connected to the Austin Visitor Center. Enter the garage on E 5th St between Red River and Sabine.
  • The tour runs rain or shine, however we reserve the right to cancel the tour in the event of extreme weather and/or hazardous road conditions that would potentially affect the safety of our guides and guests.
  • Guests with limited mobility are welcome to bring a wheelchair or portable scooter on board to be folded and placed in the rear of the van. The vans are not equipped with a ramp or wheelchair lift however, so all guests must be able to step up into the vehicle (about 12 inches).
  • If you have cold or flu-like symptoms or if you are feeling ill in any way, please do not join the tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Austin Detours LLC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during From Austin: Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during From Austin: Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during From Austin: Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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star-5
Austin Wine Country
6d8gd25bcn
, Aug 2022
Marty who drove us around was an excellent guide with knowledge about wine as well as about the area. Danielle made the booking process for private trip seamless. Austin Detours does a great job and we really enjoyed the wineries we visited.
star-5
NC friends adventures
Joan_W
, Aug 2022
Great way to visit hill country. Had the absolute best tour guide! Kandice is hilarious, knowledgeable, and very helpful.
star-5
A must do while in Austin
Brian_A
, Aug 2022
Trace was our host and driver. He made this a most memorable experience and made a personal to do card for my wife and I based on what we discussed on the ride to Driftwood. He was very engaging the entire trip which made all the passengers feel welcome and comfortable. The BBQ was the highlight but both wineries we enjoyable and different from each other.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We're thrilled that you had a great time on the Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle with Trace as your guide! He's fantastic! Thanks so much for the review. -AUSTIN DETOURS
star-5
Food was good, wine at Fall Creek was good.
Aaron_W
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Nick made the entire experience great. We would definitely recommend this tour to anyone.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We love hearing that you had a great time with Nick! Thanks for the 5-star review! -AUSTIN DETOURS
star-5
Grandparents spending Sunday with a Granddaughter.
mary_l
, Jul 2022
We enjoyed our tour guide. The BBQ was good food and fun atmosphere. The wine tastings were different from each other and it was a pleasant experience that we could do and avoid the heat. The wineries had pretty flowers and landscaping that we appreciated.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience! We are so happy to hear that you had a great day in the Texas Hill Country!
star-5
Excellent Austin Activity
Dana_R
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide was excellent and the tour van was an awesome way to travel from location to location.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We're glad you had an excellent time! Thanks for the review! -AUSTIN DETOURS
star-5
The bbq at Salt Lick was...
Susan_A
, Jul 2022
The bbq at Salt Lick was delicious and both winery visits were great. The travel van was very comfortable. Our tour guide Candace was informative and very friendly.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We're so glad that you enjoyed visiting The Salt Lick + two wineries on our Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle. Thanks for sharing your experience!
star-5
A Wine of a Time!
CrystalC_J
, Jul 2022
This experience was very amazing!!! Our tour guide Nick was awesome! He was very knowledgeable about the Austin area and the wineries. Our first stop was at Salt Lick and the food was great- get the Turkey. Nicks recommendation and was so amazing! Both wineries were great however we had the most fun at the second winery- Duchman. Would recommend this experience!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We're thrilled that you an amazing experience on the Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle with Nick as your guide. Thanks so much for the glowing review! -AUSTIN DETOURS
star-5
Highly recommended
Michele_v
, Jul 2022
Really great trip, with very knowledgeable and friendly tour guides. Would definitely recommend for solo travellers
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thanks so much for the 5-star review!
star-5
Chris was an amazing guide!
Michele_N
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide, Chris was amazing! Everyone we encountered was very nice, and there were beautiful facilities. Good food and great wine. I would definitely go again.
star-5
Amazingly tasteful tour!
Mitchell_S
, Jun 2022
Henry was our guide and she was absolutely amazing. I took my 3 buddies and the rest of the group was very cool. The BBQ was very delicious and the wine was the best wine I've had in years. Would definitely recommend to anyone. Thanks again Henry!
star-5
Outstanding tour
candice_t
, Jun 2022
Henry was amazing! I would give the BBQ 7 or 8 out 10. The wine tasting were good you have to be a wine lover! Love the tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We're so glad that you had a great time with Henry! Thanks for the 5-star review!
star-5
Booked this trip for a...
Cheryl_D
, Jun 2022
Booked this trip for a 40th group birthday celebration. 2nd stop was the best, our tour guide was awesome and kept the fun rolling
star-5
Fun
Angela_F
, Jun 2022
Evan was awesome! Funny, full of knowledge and stories, helped our group engage in conversation. BBQ and wine were delicious.
star-5
Kandace is your must guide to Texas BBQ and wine tour!
Anne_O
, Jun 2022
Kandace was an amazing guide to the Texas Hill wine and BBQ experience. She is witty as well as knowledgeable about The history of BBQ and winemaking in Texas. We had so much fun with her and I highly recommend this tour. Salt lick didn't disappoint, although Texas wine doesn't compare to our California wines! We preferred Duckman over Fallls Creek winery.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We're so glad that you had a great time with Kandace on the Hill Country BBQ & Wine Shuttle! Thanks for the 5-star review.
star-5
Awesome
g794t8qxwb
, Jun 2022
Kandace was amazing!!! She really made the tour with her sense of humor Our tour ended up being only 6 people so it was as very intimate and everyone was delightful and out to have a great time😉👋👋
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We're thrilled that you had a great time with Kandace - she's a hoot! Thanks for the nice review.
star-5
Fun! Fun! Fun!
Greg_D
, Jun 2022
The Falls Creek winery was what I expected! Salt Lick BBQ lived up to its hype. I thought the last winery was nice but I wished that they had seats.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks so much for sharing your experience! The two winery stops have different methods for wine tasting with one being seated and the other taking place standing up at the bar. Sometimes folks prefer one over the other and we appreciate your feedback. Regardless, we're glad that you had a "fun fun fun" day in the Texas Hill Country and we appreciate the 5-star review!
star-5
Great experience, Great Host!
Steve_L
, Jun 2022
This was a very fun tour! Our host Kandace was very informative and an excellent guide. We had a lot of laughs, good food, and great wine. Kandace made us feel welcome it was like we became part of her family. We would recommend this tour!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We're thrilled that you enjoyed the Best of Austin Tour with Kandace! Thanks for the review!
star-5
It’s a must !
Alejandra_E
, May 2022
Tour was great, but what made it special was our tour guide, Nick. Nick was extremely knowledgeable about not only the areas he was taking us too, but Austin in general. Salt Lick BBQ was okay and Dukeman winery was definitely the highlight of the tour. Would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Austin.
star-5
Wine and barbeque- great fun in Austin
Elinore_M
, May 2022
Great venues- barbeque and 2 wineries and fantastic host in Marty. Friendly hosts and guests, great music.

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