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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Varietals Produced in Texas View all

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • 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...

  • Dry Comal Creek Vineyards

    From a fledgling winery in 1998, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards now produces 8,000 cases a year, with ...

  • Delaney Vineyards

    This year, Delaney Vineyards is celebrating more than twenty years in the wine business. Jerry De...

  • Bell Mountain Vineyards

    Located on the slopes of Bell Mountain, first identified on the U.S. Geological map of 1885, the ...

  • Val Verde Winery

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

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  • Actually got a bottle today from a nice young lad from Scotland!  Last week a fellow from Texas had 3 bottles dropped off for me. Life is good! Read More

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  • Becker Vineyards Chardonnay Texas Hill Country 2012

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    Wine review by MelH70


  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Syrah 2012

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    Low on the nose but true to its varietal roots with soft layers of violet, blood, and blackberry fruit laid over a well integrated base of oaky spice. In the mouth this is a bit low in acid, rich and matte on the palate. The wood tannins immediately intrude on the rich, soft and rather attractive palate with its violet candy and wild plum flavor... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Syrah 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  • Why Do Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers?One of the most contentious issues in ... Holahan of the University of Texas at Austin) found that over a 20-year period, mortality rates were highest for those who were not current drinkers, regardless of whether they used to be alcoholics, second highest for heavy drinkers and lowest for moderate drin... Read More

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  • Fall Creek Vineyards Chardonnay Texas Hill Country NV

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    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

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  • 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

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