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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  • 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

  • Grape Creek Vineyards

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

  • Luz de Estrella Winery

    "Located 3 miles East of Marfa, Texas on US Highway 67/90 (see map below), the vineyard and winer...

  • Llano Estacado Winery

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

  • Singing Water Vineyards

    After buying this beautiful property near Comfort, Texas in 1993, Dick & Julie Holmberg found the...

  • Brushy Creek Vineyard

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

  • Val Verde Winery

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

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  • Erath Pinot Noir Williamette 2007

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    Light, dry, good fruit and tannins Read More

    Wine review by shoogyboom


  • 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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  • A Texas Wine and Food Experience Gone to the DogsWhat better way to appreciate wine and food in Texas but through a common appreciation of dogs. To be specific, last nights wine and food experience would not have happened but for such a situation.Yesterday evenings dinner was prepared and served by private chef, Gary Mularski of Dining Chez Vou... Read More

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  • Wilson Creek Almond Champagne NV

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    I love love love WIlson Creek Almond Champagne... ever since I tried it I've been buying it for all special ocations... I am so happy they are finnaly selling it in OC... before I had to buy 10 bottles at a time whenever I went to Murrieta/Temecula area... I have to bring to So america whenever I go visit the family... wonderfull taste, smooth .... Read More

    Wine review by Mariel from oc


  • Erath Pinot Noir Williamette 2007

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    Looks like fruit punch and doesn't taste much better. I'd prefer a pabst blue ribbon. Read More

    Wine review by dampearl


  • Mondavi Moscato d'Oro 2011

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    Absolutely my favorite. I love the light fruit and sparkle with a smooth finish. I have tried to break out of the same ol' too and found a delicious red, sweet and sparkley wine by Banfi called Rosa Regalle, I love it, no dryness or bitterness. Beautiful bottle too! Read More

    Wine review by lablili


  • Dry Comal Creek Vineyards Demi-Sweet French Colombard 2008

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    Absolutely my favorite TX white. An "anytime" wine Read More

    Wine review by mike9365


  • Saintsbury Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Lee Vineyard Carneros Napa Valley. Ca 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by MNels


  • The Crusher Wilson Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

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    Surprisingly good. Read More

    Wine review by jfemrite


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