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...

  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Texas View all

  • Times Ten Cellars

    Our winemaking facility allows us to cellar and bottle wines from select vineyards in California'...

  • Llano Estacado Winery

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

  • Wimberley Valley Wines

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

  • Val Verde Winery

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

  • La Buena Vida Vineyards

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

  • McPherson Cellars

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

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