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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Times Ten Cellars

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

  • Landon Winery

    Landon Winery's new production and distribution center that also has a tasting room, outdoor pati...

  • Kiepersol Estates Vineyards

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

  • Circle S Vineyards

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

  • Luz de Estrella Winery

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

  • Perfect 10 Wines

    Perfect 10 is a premium wine that strives for perfection. The pacific winds off the coast of Cali...

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  • Becker Vineyards Reserve Tempranillo 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by brandoniron

  • Boy, good luck.  I have had Txakoli only twice in my life.  Last ... ... would still be defeated by Texas law, if you tried to order it.  So, at this point, here are my best suggestions for you.  Visit some wine specialty shops.  I really don't think you are going to find Txakoli in a high-volume retailer, whose clerks would stare back at you ... Read More

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  • Txomin Etxaniz-Txacoli (chacoli) Estoy estudiando la lengua de español ... dealers but none who ship to Texas.Lin Read More

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  • E Mark, Thanks for the info. I found the winery contact phone but it is ... it is very hot here in South Texas. That being said I am allowed to steal a sip from her glass just to make sure it is ok. I try to keep our wine cooler filled and the bar stocked with her favorites so i'll continue my search for little rascals. Thanks again for your h... Read More

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  • I, to live in Texas, though not native.  When I first started drinking wine, it was sweet all the way.  Now I enjoy all kinds of wine.  Moscato is a popular wine here in Texas, and across the country it is fast becoming a very popular wine.  Keep in mind that Moscato can range from very sweet to very dry, from red to white.  I've seen moscato fr... Read More

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  • I have also bought at World Market - in Texas- not sure if they would have at your local store :) Read More

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  • Here's the report from our trip to the Russian River area and Mendocino.Our ... tastings was an Aussie from Texas.  She was extremely enthusiastic about being in the wine business and told us a great story about her previous employment as an oil commodities trader and how she came to realize her true passion for wine.  She wore the bandaids on ... Read More

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  • I see that you are from Texas, Irma.  So, I will try to discuss options for you that you should be able to find in your local retail stores.  If you've already tried these, let us know, and we'll make more suggestions.Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  I suspect that you are used to drinking U.S. wines.  Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are, of course... Read More

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  • Wilson-Daniels Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast 2009


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    Wine review by rzavaleta

  • Just occurred to me that you might be in a place where you cannot get all of ... Bay Area or some areas of Texas, they will get it to you the SAME DAY if you order it M-F before 3 p.m.  Not shilling for them, but that's pretty coo Read More

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