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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • Grape Creek Vineyards

    Grape Creek Vineyard's terroir has a rich legacy beyond it's recent wine history. The property si...

  • Llano Estacado Winery

    The simple mission of Llano Estacado, from its beginning in 1976 to its role as industry leade...

  • Torre di Pietra

    The Maxwell Family members are 4th and 5th generation Texans, whose family has been farming and ...

  • Mallow Run Winery

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

  • Spicewood Vineyards

    Edward and Madeleine Manigold began Spicewood Vineyards in 1992 with a goal of making the finest ...

  • Val Verde Winery

    Val Verde Winery was established in 1883 by Italian immigrant Frank Qualia, who brought with him ...

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  • Outthere may have muddled my question. Assuming all things are equal recognize ... that make great wines. In Texas we are limited by what the retailers sale Or wineries that ship to Texa Read More

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  • The owner of the wine is Antinori. Yes we have problems in Texas of buying wine out of state but only from a retailer,we can get shipments from wineries if they have registered with the state, I think we are limited to 5 gallons a month,don't know how they control that except from tax roles. I currently have 147 bottles 47% U S of which 95 % is ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Pairing with 08 Nov 2016...


  • OK, I've heard that Texas can be tough.  I guess it's even hard to order directly from a winery.  Is there a Total Wine store anywhere near you?  I know they have locations in Texas, but that may or may not be helpful to you--it's a big state.  They regularly carry Ridge Zins.  If there is, in fact, a Total Wine store near youI, check them out. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Pairing with 08 Nov 2016...


  • Emark cannot find the dry Creek avaliable in Texas on wine searcher what about some of the other locations? I also noticed they have a Prmitivo assume this is just marketing. Read More

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  • Rachis By Randy Hester Texas High Plains Mourverde 2015

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    A recent Naked Wines selection.Quite a surprise...Pale, thin, and translucent Garnet Red in the Glass. The nose doesn't give up much, even with a few swirls - if anything, a bit of mesquite smokey Cherry and grassy Plum. So, with the exception of the smoke, not much carries over to the palate. Now surprise, it opens up very quickly to unexpected... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Hi I just joined this sight and I was wondering how do I buy from it?I live in The Woodlands, Texas.Thank you so much!  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Haak Vineyard & Winery Purple Porpoise NV

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    Went to this winery not expecting a whole lot, but was very pleasantly surprised by this wine. A really nice semi sweet red. Definitely a wine I'll keep on hand. Read More

    Wine review by missgldelx


  • Circle S Vineyards Corvina Texas Amarone 2008

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    It is now 2016 so this wine is ripe! What a great full taste. Must sip before the food to get it all. Read More

    Wine review by Trickydicky111


  • Rachis By Randy Hester Texas Muscat 2015

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    A recent Naked Wines selection. Floats a pale, pale silver in the Glass. Opens with almost an off-dry Reisling - baking yeast and spice with hints of Peach and Pear; moves on to Herbs, Earth, and Cumin?; the wet Evergreen, Moss, and Kiwi. Off-dry, light, but rounded mouthful, with a nice little kick of Acidity. Smooth long finish of polished r... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • 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


  • where is it sold in houston,tx

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  • 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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