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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Sister Creek Vineyards

    Since 1988, Sister Creek Vineyards has been located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country in Sis...

  • Red Caboose Winery

    Red Caboose Winery was officially permitted on October 8, 2005. Since then we have fermented 2...

  • Circle S Vineyards

    cle S Vineyards is a fully functioning winery located in the suburbs of Houston. Family vineyards...

  • Becker Vineyards

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

  • Val Verde Winery

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

  • Haak Vineyards & Winery

    Haak Vineyards & Winery is located on a 12 acre estate in Santa Fe, Texas. Your visit will be a u...

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  • 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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  • Green?The antithesis of wine country!NG - are you going to OT's Syrah event? Please say yes. Read More

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  • Since the High Plains has 70%+ of the state's grapes, it is common to find Texas Hill Country AVA wineries making wine but from High Plains fruit.Ahh.   Thanks for the clarification, Achalk.  I've only been to Texas once, but had a great time.GregT- No, I will not be at the Syrah event.  I was not invited.  JUST KIDDING!!  Seriously, I don't rea... Read More

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  • The Hill Country of Texas actually gets a lot of rain, and is gorgeous.  I visited a friend in Austin and was surprised to find everything green.  We ventured out to Fredricksburg, TX, through green, rolling hills in October.  This was back in 2003, and Fredricksburg did have some tasting rooms then.  I only remember tasting Syrah... no whites. ... Read More

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  • I don't know where the grapes are grown, but I know that part of Texas is a lot more humid than anywhere in France and it's also a lot farther south in terms of latitude. In fact, most of it is even south of Spain. So why not look at grapes from southern Spain, Italy and Sicily? Who is growing Nero d'Avola for example? Here in Temecula there is ... Read More

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  • Very interesting.  Thanks for the update.  I don't think I have ever seen a Texas wine on the shelf of any local retail store, but maybe that will change. Read More

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  • Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top by Andrew ChalkWe have reported that the Roussanne grape does well in Texas’s climate and soil and pondered whether it is the next breakthrough Texas grape. The answer will come when Texas Roussanne wines match the quality of Roussanne wines from California. In order to f... Read More

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