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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • Grape Creek Vineyards

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

  • Llano Estacado Winery

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

  • Torre di Pietra

    The Maxwell Family members are 4th and 5th generation Texans, whose family has been farming and ...

  • Mallow Run Winery

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

  • 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 ...

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  • 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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  • Becker Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Texas Hill Country Reserve 2005

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    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

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    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


  • What Wines Do I Drink on Thanksgiving and with Ten Top Texas Favorites?I always like to have both red and white wines and also a sweet wine on the Thanksgiving table. The reason for this selection is that we often serve three meats (turkey, ham and beef brisket) along with sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and a host of desserts. Since I spend a l... Read More

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  • Llano Estacado Blush NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by 288570JaneLikesWine 288570 JaneLikesWine


  • Erath Pinot Noir Williamette 2007

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    watery...disappointing for the price, there are some GREAT Oregon pinots and this isn't one.Will not buy this again. Read More

    Wine review by leah145


  • Erath Pinot Noir Williamette 2007

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    Was like water in the mouth. Any flavors that were there (mostly cherry and red berry) didn't hang around very long. As in almost non-existent. Needless to say there was not a finish. Very disappointed in this wine and think there are several wines that our cheaper that blow this one out of the water.I will not buy this one again. Read More

    Wine review by Gantt Hickman


  • La Famiglia di Robert Mondavi Moscato Blanco California 2004

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    Wine review by jamesey


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