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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • Torre di Pietra

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

  • Wimberley Valley Wines

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

  • Cross Timbers Winery

    Cross Timbers Winery is located at 805 N. Main St. in Grapevine, TX. In the main house, we offer ...

  • Sainte Genevieve Winery

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

  • Bell Mountain Vineyards

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

  • Duchman Family Winery

    The Duchman Family Winery is a small, family-owned winery located in the beautiful Texas Hill Cou...

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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

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  • Erath Pinot Noir Williamette 2007


    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

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    This is definitely one of my favorite wines..never expected that of a wine from TX, lol :)) Read More

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    I haven't been able to bring myself to drink rose since the two sips I was able to tolerate from this. Perhaps I'm just not cut out for blush wines... Read More

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    Light, dry, good fruit and tannins Read More

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  • Join us for the Friday "Wine Down" at Vino 100 in The Woodlands, Texas.Vino 100 is a retail wine shop with a small tasting bar and wine cellar for events. Friday evenings are special wine down events that feature tastings and certain wines by the glass. Join the vineyard owners this Friday for a special tasting event of the Ikal 1150 wines from ... Read More

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