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...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • Bell Mountain Vineyards

    Located on the slopes of Bell Mountain, first identified on the U.S. Geological map of 1885, the ...

  • Sainte Genevieve Winery

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

  • Haak Vineyards & Winery

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

  • Spicewood Vineyards

    Edward and Madeleine Manigold began Spicewood Vineyards in 1992 with a goal of making the finest ...

  • Val Verde Winery

    Val Verde Winery was established in 1883 by Italian immigrant Frank Qualia, who brought with him ...

  • Dry Comal Creek Vineyards

    From a fledgling winery in 1998, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards now produces 8,000 cases a year, with ...

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Texas on Snooth

  • The Crusher Wilson Vineyard Merlot 2008

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    Toasty, earthy, big black cherry, big fruit, a fair amount of wood, lots of sweet scents. Though the charry oak is pretty much slathered on. Medium bodied with sweetness on entry to the red fruits that are followed across the palate by toast, spicy wood tones that add a touch of coffee bean bitterness to the fruit. A good bit of acid refreshes ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Erath Pinot Noir Williamette 2007

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    Very light in color. Definitely got a cherry or red berry flavor, but it did not last long. Seemed to lack structure and balance, though - once the flavor was gone it seemed like it got a bit hot. I could see drinking this during the summer. Read More

    Wine review by WJTronoski


  • Mondavi Moscato d'Oro 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by flashmcgallion


  • The Crusher Wilson Vineyard Merlot 2008

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    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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    No written review

    Wine review by simmokj


  • The Crusher Wilson Vineyard Merlot 2008

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    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

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    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

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    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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