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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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • Haak Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Fall Creek Vineyards

    Fall Creek Vineyards was established in 1975 by Texas businessman/rancher, Ed Auler and his wife,...

  • La Diosa Cellars

    It began with a personal vow to her father, who taught her early on the flavors of true Spanish c...

  • Stone House Vineyard/Flat Creek Estate

    The winery is designed to follow traditional winemaking techniques. The winery is constructed wit...

  • Sister Creek Vineyards

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

  • Luz de Estrella Winery

    "Located 3 miles East of Marfa, Texas on US Highway 67/90 (see map below), the vineyard and winer...

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  • Kendall Jackson Vinter Reserve Pinot Noir 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste

  • Kendall Jackson Sauvignon Blanc Vitner's Reserve 2012


    A little cheesy on the nose with ripe pineapple and tangerine aromas topped with a gentle floral note. Tart and simple in the mouth with a bit of a thick feel to the vaguely orange and mango flavors that show modest depth. The acidity adds a light lime note on the finish before this disappears quickly on the modest finish. Remarkably neutral. 8... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • I'm in Monterrey... Near Texas.. Read More

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  • Llano Estacado Sweet Red NV


    No written review

    Wine review by jmw2

  • Llano Estacado Blush NV


    This wine is best served fully chilled and matches well with light fish or broiled fish or chicken.Most certainly with fresh fruits as well. Read More

    Wine review by bigsjunk

  • Becker Vineyards Iconoclast Cabernet Sauvignon NV


    Iconoclast at less than $9 a bottle is a hell of a deal. Great bouquet, nice cherry, oak, spice notes, and lingering aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by johnptracy

  • I also enjoy Ridge zin blends. I have enjoyed Paraduxx "Postmark" ... ... that is not the case in Texas), whereas the Juvenile sits just above that. They are fine. The Juvenile really does take to air. If you have the patience to give it at least several hours it will be rewarding. That said, I think that my favorite Turley vineyard bottling ... Read More

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  • Hey edwilly - haven't seen you around for a while. I know you know this, ... I like Cleveland and  Texas. The differences are orders of magnitude. Still, you are lucky - Spain is the home of Grenache if you look at places like Zaragoza - e.g. Campo de Borja and Catalayud, you can find pretty good examples. These days, Gigondas is what CdP used... Read More

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  • I'm also a fan of Rhone wines, even preferring them to Bordeaux when it ... ... producers. Sadly here in Texas the 3 tier "import" and distribution system ensures that the products available exclude many smaller volume producer Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Chloe.  Yes, we are interested in Texas wines.  The problem, however, is that you can't find them on store shelves.  So, there is no temptation to try them out.There have been some discussions of Texas wines here, in the past (look at the upper right corner of your screen, find the "Search the Snooth Forum" box, ente... Read More

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