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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Perfect 10 Wines

    Perfect 10 is a premium wine that strives for perfection. The pacific winds off the coast of Cali...

  • Kiepersol Estates Vineyards

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

  • McPherson Cellars

    Built in the old Coca-Cola bottling plant in the historic Depot Entertainment District, this wine...

  • Messina Hof Wine Cellars

    Messina Hof Winery & Resort, a Texas vineyard established in 1977 by Paul and Merrill Bonarrig...

  • Flat Creek Estate

    Flat Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery captures the romance and charm one would anticipate when vi...

  • Llano Estacado Winery

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

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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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  • Kendall Jackson Vintner's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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    Cabernet the old fashioned way. Delicate berry and vanilla scent gives way to a slightly cedar/alcohol scent. Nice mouth feel is slightly hot and the tannins could stand a little more refinement. Lingers for a while. Good but not great value for $23-$25 Cdn.(try the J Lohr 2005 Cab Sav instead) Read More

    Wine review by veeownyeah


  • Home Run Mike Schmidt Zinfandel 2006

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    color-red/black; nose-big black berry jam; mouth-vanilla, berry, & toast; finish - longbuy it, drink it, share it, age it. Read More

    Wine review by George Parkinson


  • Write Off the Vine - Texas Wine News: July 23, 2009Texas Wine Industry Continues to Grow - Not Just Another HarvestTexas Commissioner of Agriculture, Todd Staples, recently proclaimed the 2009 grape harvest season is officially underway. To mark the occasion, the Haak Family and Haak Vineyard & Winery staff in Santa Fe, Texas hosted a weekend gr... Read More

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  • Ste Genevieve Muscat Blend Sweet Moscato NV

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    The floral aroma is not as strong as higher priced Moscato wines, but it is present. A bit high in acidity, but this acidity does balance the sweetness well. It has only moderate body, but I've had wines at four times the price that I like less. The bottom line is that it is an approachable and easy to enjoy wine, suitable for veteran wine drink... Read More

    Wine review by perfectjazz78


  • Robert Mondavi Moscato d'Oro 2011

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    Amazing aroma and character. Great body and smooth long finish. I like this wine Read More

    Wine review by perfectjazz78


  • Llano Estacado Winery Signature White NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by meegielee


  • Jean Jean Chardonnay Vin de Pays d'Oc Region House 2004

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    A bit thin. Not up to the quality of the Mescolanza from School House, which is a superb blended wine. Read More

    Wine review by mfender


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