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...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • Spicewood Vineyards

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

  • Circle S Vineyards

    cle S Vineyards is a fully functioning winery located in the suburbs of Houston. Family vineyards...

  • Brushy Creek Vineyard

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

  • Dry Comal Creek Vineyards

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

  • Buck Creek Winery

    Buck Creek Winery's roots are in Durm Vineyards, which was established in 1991 by Jeff and Kell...

  • Sister Creek Vineyards

    Since 1988, Sister Creek Vineyards has been located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country in Sis...

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  • Becker Vineyards Malbec Texas Hill Country 2007

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    Wine review by 124190bryanjmatthews 124190 bryanjmatthews


  • Haak Vineyard & Winery Purple Porpoise NV

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    Wine review by elizabethadcock


  • La Diosa Cellars Mcpherson Tre Colore NV

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    I love this wine. It is really a smooth rich taste. We first tried in at the San Antonio Airport while waiting for the plane. Bought some ther eto take home and then had to order more off the net when that ran out. Delious! Read More

    Wine review by 70BuickGSX


  • Write-Off the Vine: Texas Wine News - Texas Twitter Taste-Off and MoreDrinkLocalWine.com First-ever Conference Sold Out- Follow on Twitter (search #DLW09)DrinkLocalWine.com focuses on North American wine that isnt made in California and the Pacific Northwest. It will hold its first-ever conference and tasting on Aug. 15 in Dallas and its SOLD OU... Read More

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  • Cowboys and Cabernet: Lone Star Wines Shine at California ConferenceMr. Parker, ... out there?By Jane Nickles, Texas Culinary Academy Austin, TexasGuest Blog on VintageTexasHowdy, yall. Jane Nickles here. Im the Wine Educator at the Texas Culinary Academy (www.tca.edu) in Austin, and today Im happy to be guest blogging here at Vintage Texas.... Read More

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  • Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards Sweet Rodeo Texas Vineyards NV

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    Wine review by lanes


  • Examples of comments I am looking for are:What has been your experience with Texas wines? The good or bad?Have you walked in a Texas vineyard, tasted ripe grapes right off the vine, or helped harvest?What do you think about the up and coming Texas wine experience?Can you find the Texas wines you like at your favorite wine shop?Have you tried to ... Read More

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  • Cannon Ball Cabernet Sauvignon

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    yummy, Read More

    Wine review by azteca71


  • I got sent this email (in Australia) and thought some of you might use this? ... govern fraud in the state ofTexas.. I threatened to report them toThe Better Business Bureau and The Texas Attorney General's office. IWas basically told: Do what you want. Don't bother thinking of how youCan get even, and don't bother trying to get any of your mo... Read More

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  • Live Wine Blogging from the Wine Bloggers Conference in Sonoma and Soon from Dallas, TexasBy Kori ~ July 24th, 2009 @ 2:30pm Dad (John), Colby, and I are here at the Wine Bloggers Conference in Sonoma County, California. We are just about to begin the Live Wine Blogging segment featuring wines poured for us by the winemakers themselves. We will... Read More

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