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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • Circle S Vineyards

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

  • Dry Comal Creek Vineyards

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

  • Mallow Run Winery

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

  • Kiepersol Estates Vineyards

    Kiepersol Winery is our prodution facility at the heart of the vineyard. This is where we bring t...

  • Fawn Crest Vineyards

    Wayne and Patty McNeil broke ground for the vineyard in November 1998, planting the first vines i...

  • La Buena Vida Vineyards

    La Buena Vida Vineyards has all flexibility one might expect from a large venue set in more allur...

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Texas on Snooth

  • Mcpherson Cellars Sangiovese 2006

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    Wine is fruity and smooth. Very little tannin. Nice, soft bouquet. Uncomplicated. Does not have to be decanted to enjoy. I recommend. Read More

    Wine review by holman wertz


  • Chisholm Trail Winery Red Blend Texas Hill Country Lone Wolf Lenoir 2007

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    Excellent red table wine. Nice color held up in the light. Just a touch of semi-sweetness, mildly fruity. Very smooth with no dry-mouth sensation. Very refreshing and easy to drink. Read More

    Wine review by Bill Murry


  • Wine Road through Provence and PiemonteLooking at the World through a Glass of ... ... like many places on the Texas Gulf Coast: Wind-blown palm trees, blooming bougainvillea, and cadres of dogs on leash and bikini-clad beach goers. One of the most obvious differences discernible to wineophiles visiting the French Cote dAzur is the flow of dr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Road through Provence...


  • Kendall Jackson Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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    On the nose i get a hint of apple, and dark fruit. The nose is just very poor though, not impressed. On the palate I get black liquorice, some dark chocolate, dark fruit, I also get some cherry. I think this is a very unbalanced wine. The acid/heat is way over powering. The tannins need alot of refinement. The price point of 20 bones is far to... Read More

    Wine review by Vayniac Ben


  • Messina Hof Angel Riesling Late Harvest 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by w8ng2exhale


  • I got started with my first cabernet savignon in October of 2008, so not even a ... for all your help.layni from texa Read More

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  • The Judgment of Houston ReduxWith all of the talk about our recent Drink Local ... Local Wine Conference and Texas Twitter Taste-Off, I have had many emails that ask about other times that Texas wines have gone head-to-head with top rated (90+) wines from other parts of the known world. About a year ago, I posted a three part blog mini-series ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Judgment of Houston Redux


  • The Judgment of Houston ReduxWith all of the talk about our recent Drink Local ... Local Wine Conference and Texas Twitter Taste-Off, I have had many emails that ask about other times that Texas wines have gone head-to-head with top rated (90+) wines from other parts of the known world. About a year ago, I posted a three part blog mini-series ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Judgment of Houston Redux


  • Becker Vineyards Claret 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by featherfeather


  • Write Off the Vine: Texas Wine News - August 24, 2009Great Grape Stomp Off in New Braunfels, Texas and Win Free TicketsWin Free Tickets to this event on VintageTexas.com - Send us a short description (up to 150 words) of your favorite vineyard/winery/home grape harvesting experience. The winners will be selected to receive a set of two tickets ... Read More

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