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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Haak Vineyards & Winery

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

  • La Diosa Cellars

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

  • Wimberley Valley Wines

    Founded in 1983, Wimberley Valley Winery employs imaginative, creative processes to reach out to ...

  • Grape Creek Vineyards

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

  • Mallow Run Winery

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

  • Messina Hof Wine Cellars

    Messina Hof Winery & Resort, a Texas vineyard established in 1977 by Paul and Merrill Bonarrig...

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Texas on Snooth

  • Kendall Jackson Vinter's Reserve Riesling 2010

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    Wine review by mannycorks


  • 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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  • Knudsen-Erath Pinot Noir United States Oregon Red 2008

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    Wine review by kerry68


  • Becker Vineyards Reserve Tempranillo 2012

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    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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • 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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  • Kendall Jackson Vinter Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


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

    Forum post in the topic Roscato Rosso Dolce


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