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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Popular wines made in Texas under $20

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  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Val Verde Winery

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

  • Wales Manor

    Wales Manor Vineyard, established by John Wales in 1999, was the first commercial vineyard in Col...

  • Singing Water Vineyards

    After buying this beautiful property near Comfort, Texas in 1993, Dick & Julie Holmberg found the...

  • Mallow Run Winery

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

  • Wimberley Valley Wines

    Founded in 1983, Wimberley Valley Winery employs imaginative, creative processes to reach out to ...

  • La Buena Vida Vineyards

    La Buena Vida Vineyards has all flexibility one might expect from a large venue set in more allur...

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  • 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

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  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Current thoughts on our...

  • 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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  • 2008 Borsao Barola.  Picked up a bottle of this largely Garnacha blend for ... to a cigar chomping uncle in Texas who often treated us to his famous barbequed brisket. Y'all should try i Read More

    Forum post in the topic Value Wines - under $20 USD...

  • Well, nice to see that Trump cares enough about Texas to go on the campaign trail again....Trump in Corpus Christi: "What a crowd, what a turnout"From CNN's Kevin Liptak:Trump addressed a crowd gathered outside the firehouse where he just met with state, federal and local officials for a Harvey briefing.Not all were supportive; one held a sign c... Read More

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  • Can't say I've ever tasted a Texas wine and after reading these posts I'm in no hurry.  Although I've read that wine is produced in every state, might be an interesting adventure to taste at least one from each, could be fodder for a new thread. Read More

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  • I have never tasted a good Texas wine, have tried several and decided why punish myself, I drink wine for enjoyment , few restaurants even have it. Read More

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