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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • Wimberley Valley Wines

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

  • Sainte Genevieve Winery

    Located in the historic district of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, the oldest French settlement west o...

  • Haak Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Wales Manor

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

  • Kiepersol Estates Vineyards

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

  • 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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  • 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

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  • Haak Vineyard & Winery Purple Porpoise NV

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    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

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    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


  • Rachis By Randy Hester Texas Muscat 2015

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    A recent Naked Wines selection. Floats a pale, pale silver in the Glass. Opens with almost an off-dry Reisling - baking yeast and spice with hints of Peach and Pear; moves on to Herbs, Earth, and Cumin?; the wet Evergreen, Moss, and Kiwi. Off-dry, light, but rounded mouthful, with a nice little kick of Acidity. Smooth long finish of polished r... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Kendall Jackson Camelot Highlands Chard 2012

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    A customer told me the other day that Gnarly Head Chardonnay a $9 bottle had a 92 rating and she would go to another town to get it. I could see someone behaving this way if they were looking for this particular chardonnay because this one is actually worthy of 90 points (not 92 though lol) Huge finish of toasty bread with pineapple marmalade, m... Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Torre di Pietra Texas Dirty Girl NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Shirleydupont


  • @OUTTHERE.... Not meant as a backhand. I was more jocularity if anything, ... As for staying in Texas, well that sound more like a punch in the nose Read More

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  • Why the backhanded stab at Napagirl? Are you sexist? She has an outstanding ... you should have stayed in Texas. Seems you deserved them there un-bad wine Read More

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  • Nice story, 101. Any more Texas vignettes? Sounds about right for what I know of the area (Dallas and Austin and the hills)Another poster awhile ago told us about Nevada wineries sourcing from CA fruit. Seems the whole experience only gets bizarre the further down the truck trail the winemaking gets from CA. Wondering, now, about the Ozarks, or ... Read More

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  • Hello Duncan, Dmcker, Jonderry and Gregt -My purchase was four bottles of 1995 ... ... was in competition with Texas for a title of "Most Sovereign State," by behavior.  I settled upon Sanibel Island, FL.Otherwise, the Madiran is yet in the decanter.  I haven't cared to commence the blending titration.  I'll keep you informed. &nbs Read More

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