Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail Country - Pleasant Hill Winery

Pleasant Hill Winery

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This was the second winery my husband and I would visit on this Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail.

As the name might indicate, Pleasant Hill Winery is located on a hill.

The old barn which was meticulously reconstructed and fashioned into the winery and gift shop overlooks some staked grape vines and also overlooks a colorful field of wildflowers in the Spring of the year from that vantage point.

Pleasant Hill's physical address is 1441 Salem Road in Brenham, Texas. The zip code is 77833 and their telephone number is 979-830-VINE.

About seventy miles west of Houston it is easily located.

After our visit to Colony Cellars Winery we made our way to Highway 290 heading west.

Exiting 290 at Highway 36 and heading south for only 1/2 mile, one then takes Salem Road to the right (west) for 1 1/2 miles and one easily spots the winery on the rise of the hill to the left.


Pleasant Hill Winery

Pleasant Hill Winery
Pleasant Hill Winery | Source

Pleasant Hill Winery building

Pleasant Hill Winery
Pleasant Hill Winery | Source

Pleasant Hill Winery


The two pictures below show the view as one approaches Pleasant Hill Winery on Salem Road off of Highway 36 and the view from the parking lot of the winery.

It was a very busy day the Saturday of our visit with not only Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail visitors, but also a steady stream of tour groups that kept the owners and staff engaged.

The fields surrounding the winery have well maintained grape vines which add to the ambiance of the place.

Artifact at Pleasant Hill Winery

Artifacts outside Pleasant Hill Winery
Artifacts outside Pleasant Hill Winery | Source

Wine related artifacts




Outside of the winery are these old rusted wine related artifacts which were interesting to view.

Artifacts at Pleasant Hill Winery

Artifacts outside Pleasant Hill Winery
Artifacts outside Pleasant Hill Winery | Source

View from Pleasant Hill Winery

Church across the street from Pleasant Hill Winery
Church across the street from Pleasant Hill Winery | Source

Exterior landscape views


My husband and I chose to sit on their covered outside deck and taste the Pleasant Hill Sauvignon Blanc (a white wine) and their Pleasant Hill Sangiovese (a red wine) which were their offerings that day for the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail attendees.

In addition a goat cheese with sun-dried tomatoes was served on crackers and an herbed goat cheese spread on bread with a couple of skewered olives were paired with the wines.

We could have chosen to sit inside in air-conditioned comfort surrounded with the eclectic mixture of an old television set, a wicker sofa, old pictures and an assortment of stamped towels, corkscrews and everything and anything one might expect to see in a winery gift shop.

Some blooming plants set into emptied Blue Bell ice cream cardboard containers were on one of the tables as decorations. They might also have been for sale. Blue Bell ice cream is made right there in Brenham...thus the connection.

For people who like to browse for typical or unusual gifts...this would definitely be a place of interest. The owners must have fun stocking this unique gift shop!

Instead we enjoyed the warm but still comfortable weather outdoors and we enjoyed the scenery while sipping our wines and nibbling on the tasty goat cheese appetizers.

As the photo shows, there is a church directly across the street from Pleasant Hill winery which is picturesque especially as viewed from the decking with the grown trees serving as a frame to the steeple.

Looking down the hill we also enjoyed the field of wildflowers in bloom as well as the staked grape vines that would soon burst forth with new bright green and tender grape leaves starting a new season.

It was a pleasant way to spend some time in lovely surroundings.

Scenery at Pleasant Hill Winery

Looking back at Salem Road from Pleasant Hill Winery with wildflowers in bloom
Looking back at Salem Road from Pleasant Hill Winery with wildflowers in bloom | Source

Texas Winery Passport

Texas Winery Passport
Texas Winery Passport | Source

Texas Winery PASSPORT


The gentleman behind the counter at Pleasant Hill Winery offered us a Texas Winery Passport.

We were unfamiliar with it and he explained that the Texas Department of Agriculture provides these publications as a public service.

The passport opens up and provides a place for each of four wineries to add their stamp and winery code number. Tasting notes are also provided on each page for people who wish to jot down impressions of wines that they taste.

Once the book is filled one logs onto www.gotexanwine.org and enters the codes. A free reward item is shipped for completing each book...or a number of books can be entered at one time to qualify for an even greater reward.

Apparently each Texas winery has these passports and it can provide a fun way to keep a record of one's travels throughout the State while exploring new wineries and their distinctive liquid offerings.

We were happy that the gentleman at Pleasant Hill took the time to explain this and give us our first stamp in our new Texas Winery Passport.

Field of Bluebonnets

People enjoying the bluebonnets
People enjoying the bluebonnets | Source

Walking in field of bluebonnets

Field of Bluebonnets
Field of Bluebonnets | Source

Bluebonnets and other wildflowers


Yes, the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail also has bluebonnets!

In fact, as we got closer to Brenham, Texas there were glorious fields of them!

Whenever we saw a number of cars parked on the sides of the roads, we knew that there would be extra-ordinary sightings of the bluebonnets as well as other types of wildflowers.

Whether there are large patches of them such as in these photos or smaller groupings, wildflower photography is at its peak in the Spring of each year.

This year the wildflowers are reputedly to be at their best and certainly from what my husband and I saw, we would not disagree.

Other wildflowers are also in bloom...

Brilliant field of yellow wildflowers
Brilliant field of yellow wildflowers | Source

Posing in a field of yellow wildflowers

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Conclusion


If one is simply looking for a spectacular wildflower display, head on up to the Brenham area and your wishes cannot help but be satisfied each Spring.

Be sure and take your camera!


If you wish to enjoy the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail, be sure and stop at Pleasant Hill Winery. One can visit them year round but this is an especially pretty time of year with moderate temperatures and fields painted with color from the profusion of wildflowers.

A markerPleasant Hill Winery -
1441 Salem Rd, Brenham, TX 77833, USA
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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi marystobias,

Glad you liked this posting about the Pleasant Hill Winery and the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. The bluebonnets were not blooming this past Spring as much as normal because of the drought. Hopefully next year they will return in full glory.


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marystobias 5 years ago from Napa,Sanoma

Greate


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi jill of alltrades,

Thanks for visiting this Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail and Pleasant Hill Winery. Oh...I can just imagine the wonderful pictures you would have taken if you were here to photograph the bluebonnets!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

I love this hub! I truly enjoyed the pictures, especially the blue bonnets! How I wish I was there to take pictures too!


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello manlypoetryman,

It is fun visiting these Texas winery locations...any winery for that matter. Each one is different. Stay tuned for more on this Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. Another one in Brenham among others! Will post as soon as it is written. Thanks for the comment.


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manlypoetryman 6 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

And yet another great thing about Brenham! Going to have to go see the "*Best Lil' Winery in Texas" (*if they ever decided to link up with Blue Bell's slogan) This sounds like a great tour idea though...Texas Winery's. A great and fun outing followed by a great travel place Hub. Thanks for the insider's travel tip on this place.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Mike,

Each winery has its own distinct image with regards to the buildings on the land and what they ultimately do with the grape juice. They can be worlds apart from the most luxurious castle-like structures to the most humble and rustic abodes. And the wines...some you will love and others, not so much. But it is fun to learn and explore and find what pleases you.

On this Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail, the wildflowers have starring roles right along with the various wineries that participate. Thanks for the visit.

When you visit your first winery...write about it please. :-)


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello ripplemaker,

Glad to have your company on this Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail visit to Pleasant Hill Winery. Always happy to see you here leaving a comment. :-)


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I've never been to a winery but have always wanted to go. I think it would be a great trip, and your photos make me want to plan a trip. Thanks for sharing.

Mike


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Peggy, your photos always make me feel I am taking the trip with you lol. Thanks for this trip once more. :)


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Micky Dee,

Glad you liked these pictures of the wildflowers as well as the ones of Pleasant Hill Winery. You take pretty good pictures also...especially while riding your bike. Amazing how you accomplish it while keeping your balance!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Pretty nice Peggy W! I do love pictures! Yours are always nice. Thank you Dear!


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi D.A.L.,

Happy to hear that you are enjoying these Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail hubs. As I mentioned to DjBryle......stay tuned for more. Thanks!


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Greetings Hello, hello,

The nice part of all is that this Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail makes for easy day trips. Nothing is that far from where we live. Happy to hear that you are enjoying these hubs. Thanks for the comment.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi DjBryle,

Very happy to hear that you liked this hub about Pleasant Hill Winery as seen via the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. Will be showing more wineries and wildflowers in upcoming hubs. Glad you are "tuned in..." :-)


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Greetings Daddy Paul,

Thanks for dropping by to read about the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail and specifically Pleasant Hill Winery. I enjoyed taking the photos.


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

PeggyW, Thank you once again for taking us to this beautiful location. Another enjoyable read.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip.


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

Great pictures... and you've presented Pleasant Hill, much more than pleasantly! Thanks for sharing! I am tuned in... =)


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Daddy Paul 6 years ago from Michigan

What a great place to visit. Nice read, nice pics.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Candie,

Yes...stay tuned to more from the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. The wildflowers are spectacular this year and we are enjoying this winery tour combined with the floral display along the highways and in fields. Hugs back to you!


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Candie V 6 years ago from Wherever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Ah.. the winery journey continues! You take such beautiful pictures!! Thank you for introducing us to your state's wonderful winerys!! (((Hugs))) Peggy!!

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