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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Popular wines made in Texas under $20

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Varietals Produced in Texas View all

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • Circle S Vineyards

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

  • Mallow Run Winery

    Mallow Run is the product of years of hard work by John Richardson and his son, Bill, and Bill’s ...

  • Singing Water Vineyards

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

  • Fall Creek Vineyards

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

  • Landon Winery

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

  • Duchman Family Winery

    The Duchman Family Winery is a small, family-owned winery located in the beautiful Texas Hill Cou...

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  • I'm not an expert on wine at all....but I had a favorite wine that I drank ... ... find a good wine here in Texas that is similar. I'm Brittany and I absolutely love sweet wine!!!! Read More

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  • Messina Hof Cabernet Barrel Resv

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    Wine review by Leticia Alaniz


  • 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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