My husband and I went on the Grapevine Wine tour
while visiting the area on a long weekend.
While the driver was charming and fun, and the shuttle
was well kept and comfy, we were disappointed
in the "wineries" we visited and the restaurant
staff where we had our lunch.
We were picked up promptly from our hotel, the last
of three couples, our driver was friendly and
fun and advised us we would all be good friends by
First stop was Homestead Winery, which is close to downtown
Grapevine in an old, historic house. While the
place had its charm, I found the tasting to be
rushed, we were given the chance to taste all
that they had, but it was poured quickly and on to the
next with our host really not answering much about
the wine, etc. It seemed we were just there to drink
and then buy wine, then we were on our way. I would have liked
more history of the wines, and the house, maybe a tour (??)
After being shuttled into the buying room, we were shuttled
back in the van on to our next stop.
This was in downtown Grapevine and was called Farina's Winery.
Again I was disappointed as it really didn't seem to be
a wineray but a restaurant that had wines?? We were quickly
put at a private table in the back and handed a small menu.
Here we were given one choice of a wine and a limited selection
of an entree. Let me say here that when booking the tour,
it asks for any food allergies which I noted that I am celiac.
When we were seated I mentioned this to the waitress and was told they
didn't have a separate facility but they did have GF pizza. I ordered
that and the salad (plain). I do not feel that the tour should ask
about food allergies if nothing is going to be accomodated.
Our two wait staff were bordering on rude, rushed us along
and barely answered any questions.
We figured out afterwards maybe it was because the gratuity was
included (?) which I would have happily given more if we had
been taken care of. I also wouldn't call this a wine stop as we
only got the one glass of wine (limited choices).
Our last stop was our best stop, Crosstimbers, which was another
small wine boutique place, the staff was friendly, willing
to accomodate, brought us a cheese plate with tastings, and was
happy to chat about the history of the wine and the house.
All in all I would say this tour is not worth the price, you could
visit the wine places on your own, have your own meal and enjoy
yourself. Don't waste your money!!
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