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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Cap Rock Winery

    n 1992, a new vision emerged in the Texas Wine Industry with the debut release of wine from Cap*R...

  • Singing Water Vineyards

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

  • Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards

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

  • Kiepersol Estates Vineyards

    Kiepersol Winery is our prodution facility at the heart of the vineyard. This is where we bring t...

  • Bar Z Wines

    Texas is the site of the first vineyard established in North America by Franciscan priests circa ...

  • Times Ten Cellars

    Our winemaking facility allows us to cellar and bottle wines from select vineyards in California'...

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  • 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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  • 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

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  • 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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  • Don't blame, I wouldn't use it for marinade. Went to a tasting at a ... ... have a good answer. The Texas legislators are trying to get a bill that in order to qualify as a Texas wine it must be grown in Texas, today they import juice from California. I forget the amount Texas juice they have to use, believe it was in the 80% range, the winer... Read More

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  • "The big problem with Texas wine,aside from the fact it is not good, but they want the same price you can buy a good wine from great areas."I just now read this, and of all things, I am finishing that bottle of Texas wine.  I can't wipe the smile off my face it's so funny!  Surely they make something decent.  Does anyone know of a good wine made... Read More

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  • Here is a wine from Texas of all places, the 2015 EVS Cellars Windblown.  It's worth much more to some wine shops, but my local wine shop has it for $16.99; I wouldn't pay more than $25 however as there are better tasting wines out there.  This is kind of different, being a red blend of Carignan, Mourvedre, Petite Syrah, Syrah and Grenache.  My ... Read More

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