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Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail - Bernhardt Winery Pictures

Updated on December 18, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Vineyards at Bernhardt Winery
Vineyards at Bernhardt Winery | Source

Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail

When my husband suggested purchasing these Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail tickets online at a cost of $45.00 for two ($25 for one person) we knew that we would have a good time.

Having visited many wineries in California over the years as well as other locations, we were prepared for variety. That variety comes in the form of the landscape, the physical differences in the winery buildings and their décor as well as the flavor differences in how their wines are produced and marketed.

One thing seems standard at all of these wineries on the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. That is the Texas friendly welcome one receives at each of these locations.

Bernhardt Winery
Bernhardt Winery | Source

Bernhardt Winery

As one approaches Bernhardt Winery off of country roads and enters their property at 9043 County Road 204, Plantersville, Texas 77363 one drives past a portion of their vineyard.

As you can readily see in the photo at the top of this page, the grape vines are just starting their new season with bright and tender emerging grape leaves which will continue to grow and develop grape clusters. Those grapes will mature until the final time of harvest later in the year. Each spring offers a new beginning and hopes for a great new wine vintage in the fall.

Bernhardt Winery
Bernhardt Winery | Source

Wedding Reception

A great number of cars were parked all along the gravel driveway and spilled over onto grassy fields. The photo above was our first primary view of Bernhardt Winery with the two glasses of wine perched upon a wine barrel.

We soon discovered that preparations were in the making for a wedding reception that would take place a little later in the day. The outside lawn was being set up with tables and white tablecloths. A band was assembled and wait staff were busy scurrying around making certain that everything would be in impeccable order for the arrival of the new bride and groom and their wedding guests.

Bernhardt Winery all decked out for a wedding reception
Bernhardt Winery all decked out for a wedding reception | Source
Wedding reception being prepared at Bernhardt Winery
Wedding reception being prepared at Bernhardt Winery | Source

Bernhardt Winery hosts all kinds of occasions on a regular basis. They have a "rain or shine" Sunday concert series that features a variety of music ranging from the Beatles to string band, country western, light rock, blues music and other types to suit just about anyone's particular tastes.

One is invited to bring their own lawn chairs and relax among other neighbors and long time or new found friends while enjoying these various forms of entertainment. Naturally one can sip the wines from Bernhardt Winery and snack on edibles that are provided or one can sign up for one of their wine dinners.

To find out more about these concerts or wine dinners check out their website at www.bernhardtwinery.com.

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Tree all decked out in white for the wedding reception at Bernhardt Winery.Another photo of the preparations for an outside wedding reception at Bernhardt Winery
Tree all decked out in white for the wedding reception at Bernhardt Winery.
Tree all decked out in white for the wedding reception at Bernhardt Winery. | Source
Another photo of the preparations for an outside wedding reception at Bernhardt Winery
Another photo of the preparations for an outside wedding reception at Bernhardt Winery | Source

This videos below give one an idea of the type of fun entertainment that transpires on the grounds of this winery both inside and outside.

Tuscan Style Tasting Room

The sheer beauty of the inside of Bernhardt Winery was an unexpected pleasure. One can get a slight idea from these pictures that I took the day of our visit but it must be seen in person to be fully appreciated.

Never having personally visited Tuscany this made me think of what I might encounter in that part of the world were I to vacation there someday. It is certainly a warm and friendly environment inside of Bernhardt Winery!

As participants in the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail we were served the following food and wine combinations in a portion of that pretty room:

  • Bernhardt Cabernet Sauvignon was paired with a prosciutto rolled mozzarella cheese
  • Ruby Port was served with an herbed goat cheese from Cleveland, Texas spread on crackers.
  • A Canadian cheddar cheese was also available to taste.

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Tasting room at Bernhardt Winery Tasting Room at Bernhardt Winery
Tasting room at Bernhardt Winery
Tasting room at Bernhardt Winery | Source
Tasting Room at Bernhardt Winery
Tasting Room at Bernhardt Winery | Source

The room to the back of the tasting room at Bernhardt Winery ( pictured below ) would be utilized later that day for the staging point for the wedding reception food and drink being offered to the guests enjoying that very momentous wedding reception occasion.

That is also the room ( as can be viewed in the video above ) for inside musical entertainment, dinners and other special events.

Large multi-purpose room inside Bernhardt Winery
Large multi-purpose room inside Bernhardt Winery | Source

Bernhardt Winery was a great discovery and if we lived a little closer you would probably find us on their lawn for some of those summer concerts. Also on their property is a bed and breakfast. If the décor is anything like their tasting room I am sure that it is also beautifully decorated.

We did not ask to see the bed and breakfast accommodations as they were very busy that day with the impending wedding reception, the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail visitors and regular wine tasting guests as well.

Bluebonnets and other Texas Wildflowers

Lest you think that we missed seeing and photographing the bluebonnets and other Texas wildflowers that adorned the pastures and roadsides, I'll share some of the pictures that I took that day with you here and now.

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Texas BluebonnetsIndian Paintbrush
Texas Bluebonnets
Texas Bluebonnets | Source
Indian Paintbrush
Indian Paintbrush | Source

Hope that you enjoyed tagging along on this sojourn to Bernhardt Winery on the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. Other wineries that we also visited included the following:

Each and every one of the wineries is unique and special in its own way. And oh those glorious wildflowers! It is reason enough to venture out on this Bluebonnet Trail just to see the wildflowers every year.

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Texas wildflowers in bloom Field of blooming wildflowers
Texas wildflowers in bloom
Texas wildflowers in bloom | Source
Field of blooming wildflowers
Field of blooming wildflowers | Source

Would you be inclined to want to visit Bernhardt Winery after reading this hub?

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Wildflowers splashing the fields and roadsides with color each spring in Texas.
Wildflowers splashing the fields and roadsides with color each spring in Texas. | Source
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County Road 204, Plantersville, TX 77363, USA
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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello funky23,

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed this article about the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail and Bernhardt Winery in particular. Thanks for the comment.

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      funky23 6 years ago from Deutschland

      this article is awesome

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Jim and Laura,

      You are correct in that there are several wine trails in Texas. We have visited more wineries in California than Texas and thought it was about time to check out some of the ones closer to where we live. Bernhardt Winery is a beautiful place and it is obviously utilized for many special events like the wedding reception the day of our visit. Thanks for the comment.

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      Jim and Laura 7 years ago from Chicago area

      Great Hub and a nice intro to this winery. We are big fans of wine trails and local wines so we'll have to look into Texas.

      They have an underrated wine scene there, not only in the Hill Country but all over Texas ... several wine trails in the state as i understand it.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi jill of alltrades,

      Yes, you would have taken lovely pictures at Bernhardt Winery on the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. Of that I am certain since you take beautiful photographs. Thanks for the visit.

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      I enjoyed this very much Peggy. I wish I was there with you, taking all those lovely pictures.

      Thanks for the wonderful trip!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      Glad that you enjoyed the photos of Bernhardt Winery on this Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a lovely trip. Wonderful pictures.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi bingskee,

      See if you have Picture It in your computer or some other photo enhancing program. It has been here all along but I just discovered it this past year when my cousin in another state color corrected an old faded photo for me and told me about it. This is the first time I have tried using these creative borders and it is fun to experiment. Makes a "so-so" photo really POP!

      Happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub regarding Bernhardt Winery as we saw it because of deciding to attend this Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail this year. It is quite a place! Thanks for the comment.

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      bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      noticed the borders and i was about to ask where you got them. :-)

      the place looks awesome. what beautiful flora and fauna inside the winery!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Louise,

      Glad you could tag along on this Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail which led to Bernhardt Winery. I have been experimenting with the photos using different borders, etc. with Picture It (which was in our computer). Have more experimenting to do...but happy to hear that you liked the effects.

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      Louise Dewey 7 years ago

      WONDERFUL, Peggy! Thank you for taking me along on this trip via this Hub. Love your photos!