Texas Wine

One’s immediate associations of the state of Texas most often have to do with spurred boots, ten gallon hats, lassos, large portions of barbecue and conservative governors with creative interpretations of the English language. But Texas is also home to the country’s earliest wine industry, and is now the fifth-largest wine-producing state behind California, Oregon, Washington, and New York. We may not even be drinking decent wine from anywhere at all if it weren’t for a Texan. Want to learn more about Texas wine? Well, giddy up!

In the 17th century, as in California, Spanish Franciscan missionaries came to Texas and planted Mission grapes (Listán Negro) for sacramental wines, the first ones near El Paso. This continued to spread into the 18th century. Once European immigrants settled here, especially Italian ones, wines were produced for more pleasurable drinking purposes. Frank Qualia established Val Verde, the oldest continuously operational winery, in 1883 in Del Rio, in Read more »

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  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • Landon Winery

    Landon Winery's new production and distribution center that also has a tasting room, outdoor pati...

  • Messina Hof Wine Cellars

    Messina Hof Winery & Resort, a Texas vineyard established in 1977 by Paul and Merrill Bonarrig...

  • Bar Z Wines

    Texas is the site of the first vineyard established in North America by Franciscan priests circa ...

  • Mallow Run Winery

    Mallow Run is the product of years of hard work by John Richardson and his son, Bill, and Bill’s ...

  • McPherson Cellars

    Built in the old Coca-Cola bottling plant in the historic Depot Entertainment District, this wine...

  • Circle S Vineyards

    cle S Vineyards is a fully functioning winery located in the suburbs of Houston. Family vineyards...

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  • Kendall Jackson Camelot Highlands Chard 2012

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    A customer told me the other day that Gnarly Head Chardonnay a $9 bottle had a 92 rating and she would go to another town to get it. I could see someone behaving this way if they were looking for this particular chardonnay because this one is actually worthy of 90 points (not 92 though lol) Huge finish of toasty bread with pineapple marmalade, m... Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Torre di Pietra Texas Dirty Girl NV

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    Wine review by Shirleydupont


  • @OUTTHERE.... Not meant as a backhand. I was more jocularity if anything, ... As for staying in Texas, well that sound more like a punch in the nose Read More

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  • Why the backhanded stab at Napagirl? Are you sexist? She has an outstanding ... you should have stayed in Texas. Seems you deserved them there un-bad wine Read More

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  • Nice story, 101. Any more Texas vignettes? Sounds about right for what I know of the area (Dallas and Austin and the hills)Another poster awhile ago told us about Nevada wineries sourcing from CA fruit. Seems the whole experience only gets bizarre the further down the truck trail the winemaking gets from CA. Wondering, now, about the Ozarks, or ... Read More

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  • Hello Duncan, Dmcker, Jonderry and Gregt -My purchase was four bottles of 1995 ... ... was in competition with Texas for a title of "Most Sovereign State," by behavior.  I settled upon Sanibel Island, FL.Otherwise, the Madiran is yet in the decanter.  I haven't cared to commence the blending titration.  I'll keep you informed. &nbs Read More

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  • Anyone have any experience?I've noticed Kelley mentioned among the best ... and a minor in Biology from Texas AM University. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with dual degrees in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State University and was admitted to the PhD program in Biochemistry. Before completing the doctorate, I changed my path to pursue ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • Just thought I'd add a little something to the "wine I would not drink ... ... thread. I returned from Texas last month, and must say things haven't changed much in "Hill Country", basically Lodi on steroids. For those of you that haven't experienced the Lone Star State's take on wine, it's quite interesting. I started off mid-month in Dallas ... Read More

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  • Enjoy your trip to Texas MW.  It's been a while since I've traveled there (Dallas, El Paso) on business, but I do think the cowboy boot display at the El Paso airport is pretty cool.  I hope you find a wine you can post in this topic while you're doing your tastings. Read More

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  • Leaving for a week in "Texas Hill Country" for a few winery reviews, seminars and better yet...BBQ! It's the Loan Star states answer to Napa valley! I'm sure (maybe) I'll find a few that I wouldn't buy again. BTW, I was looking back at an issue of WS and the Top 100 wines of the year. The Meiomi 2014 Pinot was the #20 wine of the year!!! Go figu... Read More

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  • where is it sold in houston,tx

    Comment by 919857daddy mayes 919857 daddy mayes


  • You gotta love Texas wine. Such a rare find outside of the state and so uniquely terroir driven. There are some really great wines coming out of this area and I have a feeling we're going to be seeing more and more of them as time goes by. Cheers.

    Comment by 497729Tyler Worth 497729 Tyler Worth


  • www.gotexaswine.com is a great site for more info on Texas wines. Cin cin!

    Comment by 470750Texscany 470750 Texscany


  • THE absolute BEST Pinot Noir in Texas is Sister Creek from Sisterdale.

    Comment by 341394baln 341394 baln


  • Check out the winners from the recently announced 2010 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition at: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=1278 Texas winning wines came from: Becker Vineyards Flat Creek Estate Grape Creek Vineyards McPherson Cellars Sunset Winery Brennan Vineyards Bruno & George Wines Circle S Vi...

    Comment by 143813VintageTexas 143813 VintageTexas


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