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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Messina Hof Wine Cellars

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

  • Singing Water Vineyards

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

  • San Martino Winery & Vineyards

    San Martiño Winery & Vineyards opened its doors in the spring of 2004. We are a small family-o...

  • Becker Vineyards

    Located in the Texas Hill Country between Fredericksburg and Stonewall, Becker Vineyards was esta...

  • Brushy Creek Vineyard

    At Brushy Creek Vineyards, located in the historic Cross Timbers region of North Central Texas, w...

  • Grape Creek Vineyards

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

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Texas on Snooth

  • Texas wines are comical. Had a thread or two several years ago where we discussed the options there. Some funkily interesting grape varieties that will blow a hole in Vino's 'Different' thread.  ;-(Niagara Bench has produced drinkable wines, all the above still undoubtedly true. Was thinking of the mountains west of Tokyo where they've been grow... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 10 Up and Coming Wine Regions


  • Michigan should have also been mentioned ahead of Texas, though they may not throw the parties that Texas does.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic 10 Up and Coming Wine Regions


  • Here's the story by Vine Pair, which has made for some decent reads from my ... here from China to Brazil to Texas. The other domestic region being North Virginia. Nearby, there's Baja and Canada.Tasmania and Croatia we've heard about for a while longer, and seem to have a bit more Cree than the aforementioned upstarts.Georgia is getting a lot ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 10 Up and Coming Wine Regions


  • Switched to beer and Texas BBQ wings this afternoon at our local Fairfax VA Hooters.  Oh, the ladies posed for a few pictures too.  These wings are very good.  I had an 8-Point IPA beer to wash them down. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Llano Estacado Blush NV

    Snoothrank:

    the after taste was horrible. Read More

    Wine review by alissajuicy


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Searching for a Resonable...


  • Rachis By Randy Hester Texas High Plains Mourverde 2015

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Snoothrank:

    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

    Snoothrank:

    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


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