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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards

    At Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards there is an unhurried approach to life, where every visitor becomes ...

  • Sainte Genevieve Winery

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

  • Delaney Vineyards

    This year, Delaney Vineyards is celebrating more than twenty years in the wine business. Jerry De...

  • Singing Water Vineyards

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

  • Circle S Vineyards

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

  • Becker Vineyards

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

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Texas on Snooth

  • Green?The antithesis of wine country!NG - are you going to OT's Syrah event? Please say yes. Read More

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  • Since the High Plains has 70%+ of the state's grapes, it is common to find Texas Hill Country AVA wineries making wine but from High Plains fruit.Ahh.   Thanks for the clarification, Achalk.  I've only been to Texas once, but had a great time.GregT- No, I will not be at the Syrah event.  I was not invited.  JUST KIDDING!!  Seriously, I don't rea... Read More

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  • The Hill Country of Texas actually gets a lot of rain, and is gorgeous.  I visited a friend in Austin and was surprised to find everything green.  We ventured out to Fredricksburg, TX, through green, rolling hills in October.  This was back in 2003, and Fredricksburg did have some tasting rooms then.  I only remember tasting Syrah... no whites. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind...


  • I don't know where the grapes are grown, but I know that part of Texas is a lot more humid than anywhere in France and it's also a lot farther south in terms of latitude. In fact, most of it is even south of Spain. So why not look at grapes from southern Spain, Italy and Sicily? Who is growing Nero d'Avola for example? Here in Temecula there is ... Read More

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  • Very interesting.  Thanks for the update.  I don't think I have ever seen a Texas wine on the shelf of any local retail store, but maybe that will change. Read More

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  • Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out Top by Andrew ChalkWe have reported that the Roussanne grape does well in Texas’s climate and soil and pondered whether it is the next breakthrough Texas grape. The answer will come when Texas Roussanne wines match the quality of Roussanne wines from California. In order to f... Read More

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  • Landon Winery White Blend Yellow Rose

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    Would recommend. Great refreshing back porch value wine. Read More

    Wine review by 1506832MeOsha 1506832 MeOsha


  • Stoughton, it sounds like you had a terrific wine/dine experience.  I did ... ... I see that you live in Texas, and previous posters from your state have indicated that it is difficult for them to accept wine deliveries.Another consideration is whether the addition of a shipping charge would set the price higher than you would like to see.The... Read More

    Forum post in the topic La Fiera Pinot Grigio 2012


  • Kendall Jackson Sauvignon Blanc Vitner's Reserve 2012

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    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


  • Kendall Jackson Sauvignon Blanc Vitner's Reserve 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


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