I visited the Mandola Estate Winery in Driftwood initially in this past Summer and again in the Fall, and I have to say, it is a beautiful location with great food and lovely wine. It’s located just outside of Austin, Texas; I lived in Austin for 5 years and this winery represents Texan Hill Country to the max.
The architecture of the winery screams Austin; Texas stone encompasses the majority of the structure, inside and out. Beautiful wood beams and window furnishings through-out the building only add to the rustic, Hill Country feel.
And the reasonably priced wine is delicious. The tasting room allows visitors to taste 6 wines for only $5. I particularly liked the Vermantino; it was fruity, crisp, and refreshing. The guided tours are awesome as well; on ours, the staff made sure we had plenty of wine to taste during its duration.
And Trattoria Lisina, the beautiful Italian restaurant on site, is awesome. The food is delicious; the noodles and bread are obviously homemade and the seafood is super fresh. Their pizza is as authentic as you’re going to get outside of Italy: It is baked in a wood-burning pizza oven traditional to the Italians. The service is awesome; the servers are there when you need them without being overbearing. And to top everything off, there’s a homemade gelato bar; it reminded me so much of Italy. Far from the Olive Garden, this restaurant is legit.
All in all, I recommend this winery to everyone I know and would recommend it to perfect strangers if they’d listen. The food, location, atmosphere, and wine are outstanding.
About the Author: Gina Williams is a guest post and article writer bringing to us her experience at the Mandola Estate Winery in Driftwood, Texas.
Gina also writes about Motorcycle Accidents.
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