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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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  • Bar Z Wines

    Texas is the site of the first vineyard established in North America by Franciscan priests circa ...

  • Brushy Creek Vineyard

    At Brushy Creek Vineyards, located in the historic Cross Timbers region of North Central Texas, w...

  • Landon Winery

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

  • Llano Estacado Winery

    The simple mission of Llano Estacado, from its beginning in 1976 to its role as industry leade...

  • Messina Hof Wine Cellars

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

  • Cap Rock Winery

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

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  • The Crusher Wilson Vineyard Merlot 2008


    Very rustic, funky smell. Past that it's got two layers, one is more fruity and cherry flavored, but there's a good bit of the chicken coop in there too. Funky wine. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Majestic Fine Wines Kendall Jackson Kj Vintner's Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


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    Wine review by simmokj

  • The Crusher Wilson Vineyard Merlot 2008


    some barnyard funk on the nose, dark earth with a subtle dark cherry notes, more cherry and dark fruit elements on the palate, simple finish Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig

  • Tis the Season to be Blogging: Wine Recommendations from the Social NetworkIts ... ... you take a bottle of Texas wine to a friends dinner party? If so which one? Pls tweet response-Blogging need input #TXWine #LocalWine Note: The hashtags at the end of my tweet are used to tag tweets. This helps you finding comments on Twitter on topics that... Read More

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  • Capellania Blanco 2004


    Great white rioja, stands up to some red meats. Nice deep flavour whilst still refreshing. Read More

    Wine review by Soilworker

  • Driftwood Vineyard Dry Rose 2007


    This is the wine that got me out to the Driftwood winery. Delicious! Great for all times of the year! Read More

    Wine review by kitkat3466

  • Venturing into the Bluebonnet Wine Country and the History of Southeast TexasSaturday morning was crisp and the roads clear following Fridays record breaking early snowfall in the Houston area. The overpasses that brought mortal fear the night before were thawed; a great morning for taking in a wine trail. However, southeastern Texas area does n... Read More

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  • Becker Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Texas Hill Country Reserve 2005


    Love it but too expensive for me though Read More

    Wine review by evahaf

  • Perhaps in Ten Years and with the Grace of God: Trapiche TastingAs you know if ... thinking and writing about Texas wine drinking, but also focus on another topic: Wine drinking in Texas. Today, I am thinking about what things might be possible in Texas in ten or more years in and around its developing wine industry. What might it be like?What... Read More

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  • Llano Estacado Sweet Red NV


    Tried this last night with some friends. It definitely was sweet and we found that when chilled was a really wonderful dessert wine Read More

    Wine review by traveler6018

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