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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  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • McPherson Cellars

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

  • Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards

    At Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards there is an unhurried approach to life, where every visitor becomes ...

  • Messina Hof Wine Cellars

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

  • Landon Winery

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

  • Perfect 10 Wines

    Perfect 10 is a premium wine that strives for perfection. The pacific winds off the coast of Cali...

  • Val Verde Winery

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

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  • I checked wine searcher and could not find anyone that can ship spirits to Texas - sorry.  Someone may know of it's availability there. Read More

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  • Does anyone know where i can find this and that they will ship to Texas? Thank you!  Read More

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  • Emark a couple of months ago wtso sent out notice of which state you lived,it ... now ship. I think they said Texas was no longer eligible for shipping,so I put Oklahoma in,maybe that is the reason they dropped you off the email list, however I thought California was one of the states with no restrictions  &nbs Read More

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  • Gouguenheim Valle Escondido Blue Melosa Malbec 2012


    Violet flower, mixed berry and spice with soft talcum powder and cherries on the nose. A bit of a sharp acidic edge on the palate, this has tart cherry and cranberry fruit, good texture and a creamy finish of dark chocolate and oak. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Messina Hof Tawny Texas Port 2001


    This Texas Port, though unmatched in recent vintages, the 2001 is amazing !! Lush prune currant cherry smooth and supple on the tongue. it rivals aged ports that are 2x to 4x its age.... if you can find it...BUY IT!! Read More

    Wine review by antwerks

  • Hi Gina - as RCKR said, your price range is really important. There are ... ... ... consider is having a few Texas wines in the mix. I know the Hill Country is producing some but there are others. Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to work my way over there yet but it might be interesting for some of your guests to have a few pairings, like ... Read More

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  • Bonjour!Please accept my introduction today. Currently, I am Proprietor of La ... La ... located in Orange, Texas; seeking to improve my knowledge of wines and purchase wines for La Maison clientele. You can preview La Maison on FB and Yelp. Calm is our motto here and that also includes wine tastings. La Maison opened in March, 2017 to host g... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Well, Paul, I suggest you try to watch as the wonderful current Republican ... ... ... another, South through Texas another and then the Rockies and Plains and Old NW who knows what, maybe even some asking to join Canada, though the Canucks won't want to take them. China could well have bullied most of East Asia into submission after a bloody... Read More

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  • RCKR totally agree about the states. We have great difficulty in Texas ,because of the three tier system, Total Wines and others must have a warehouse in the county or city where they have retail stores. Economically it would benefit them to have one large warehouse and ship to all locations,but that is our government  Read More

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  • Wine searcher has a new article on UPS and FedEx they are allowed from ... ... York and Illinois. Florida, Texas Michigan,Ohio and Michigan are on fedex list already that cannot receive wine from a retailer. I have received several notices from National online distributors that will no longer ship to Texas, this is all caused by individual sta... 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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