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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • Fall Creek Vineyards

    Fall Creek Vineyards was established in 1975 by Texas businessman/rancher, Ed Auler and his wife,...

  • Mallow Run Winery

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

  • Llano Estacado Winery

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

  • Perfect 10 Wines

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

  • Flat Creek Estate

    Flat Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery captures the romance and charm one would anticipate when vi...

  • Torre di Pietra

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

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  • Fall Creek Vineyards Chardonnay Texas Hill Country NV

    Snoothrank:

    Spent a few days in the Hill Country tasting wines from my home state. Most were still not very good, but this sub-$10 Chardonnay was a pleasant surprise. A tasty, straight forward Chardonnay with apples and citrus fruit, delightfully un-oaked. Went well with shrimp and crab gumbo. Read More

    Wine review by cgplayer9


  • Why is Freemark Abbey even on the list? Is is 1976 again?LOL!  GregT only ... only ... more to explain texas (from the perspective of the article):In the nomination process, we asked our panel to consider nominating unexpected wineries as they made their initial choices: Along with Napa and Sonoma favorites, we requested that they consider wi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What do you think about this...


  • Peachy Canyon?Too many great names not on the list. Schrader, Harlan, Screagle, ... Screagle, SQN...  How a Texas winery cracked the top 500 is enough for me to know it is flawe Read More

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  • I may be a little late to this conversation, but if you haven't opened it ... ... and serve with some good Texas Bar-B-Que. This is no ordinary wine, this is an "extra-ordinary" wine.  Eno Read More

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  • Many thanks for the sarcasm, and no, I’ve never seen a therapist for ... ... Washington and east to Texas Hill Country (BTW, most of the Texas wineries note that some of their best selling wines are from fruit sourced from California). And of those near 1,000 wineries, I bet there are hundreds I’ve never even discussed with anybody. But everyb... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip report from Lodi and RRV


  • Greetings BarbaraCarol,from the Antipodes, Queensland, Australia, to be precise. It's like Texas, except we have coal and gas, instead of oil. And the Great Barrier Reef  (Until some idiot dredges it to make way for the coal exports.) and Australia Zoo with all the Crocodiles, Koalas, Cassowarys, and surviving Irwins. And wineries.I presumptuous... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • I've never seen TX wine here in CA, FWIW.GregT, have a great time at the Syrah Fest!  Glad to hear you are making your way up north.  Take some time to check out the area.... you might end up staying!  I love the area... if I could, I would move there in a second.  Read More

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  • Most disappointing. Both that you don't drink much Syrah and that you're not coming. And both so easily rectified!As to the OP - any idea how much TX wine gets sold out of the state? I can't remember seeing any on retail shelves nor in anyone's portfolio, whereas if you look hard, you can find Mexican wine as well as stuff from Arizona and New M... Read More

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  • Roussanne just might be the ticket for the Lone Star State.  This post is nice to see - not only for lovers of the hill country but for lovers of the white wines of the Rhone Valley and points south.  It may need a bit of altitude to counter the humidity and heat, but it seems that those tasting the local product are impressed... that's somethin... Read More

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  •  GREGT: The Texas High Plains AVA are where the grapes for most of these wines came from (Oswald Vineyard). The humidity is just above zero. Interestingly enough, the brother of a Temecula winemaker made two of the best Roussanne's  - Kim McPherson.Since the High Plains has 70%+ of the state's grapes, it is common to find Texas Hill Country AVA ... Read More

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