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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • Cap Rock Winery

    n 1992, a new vision emerged in the Texas Wine Industry with the debut release of wine from Cap*R...

  • Grape Creek Vineyards

    Grape Creek Vineyard's terroir has a rich legacy beyond it's recent wine history. The property si...

  • Becker Vineyards

    Located in the Texas Hill Country between Fredericksburg and Stonewall, Becker Vineyards was esta...

  • McPherson Cellars

    Built in the old Coca-Cola bottling plant in the historic Depot Entertainment District, this wine...

  • Circle S Vineyards

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

  • 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 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

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  • 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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  • Hello,My name is Chloe and I am developing my expertise in Texas wineries!  I am impressed by how well we do wines in Texas, despite the fact that I am a born and bred California girl and it is difficult to think of wines without immediately thinking of Napa/Sonoma! : )If anyone wants to discuss Texas wines, let me know. Read More

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  • Kendall Jackson Vinter's Reserve Riesling 2010


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  • Becker Vineyards Reserve Tempranillo 2012


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  • I am planning a trip in the next 3-4 weeks to travel to Washington and Oregon ... wines I am familiar with in Texas  but I am open to suggestions from anyone familiar with this area. Thank you for your he Read More

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