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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Bar Z Wines

    Texas is the site of the first vineyard established in North America by Franciscan priests circa ...

  • Sister Creek Vineyards

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

  • Val Verde Winery

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

  • Landon Winery

    Landon Winery's new production and distribution center that also has a tasting room, outdoor pati...

  • Fall Creek Vineyards

    Fall Creek Vineyards was established in 1975 by Texas businessman/rancher, Ed Auler and his wife,...

  • La Diosa Cellars

    It began with a personal vow to her father, who taught her early on the flavors of true Spanish c...

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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

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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

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  • Becker Vineyards Claret 2006

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    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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  • Llano Estacado Winery Signature White NV

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    Very smooth. Not to dry or to sweet. My favorite wine. Read More

    Wine review by courtneychandler


  • Fall Creek Vineyards White Blend Texas Hill Country Granite Blush

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    Wine review by xicablu


  • Messina Hof Gewürztraminer 2006

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    No written review

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  • Prepare to enjoy a night at Rice Village's cozy wine bar Salento like no other. ...-texasFor more information please visit http://www.1150wine.comPhotos!http://www.1150wine.com/images/1150wine/salento/salento-outside.jpg!!http://www.1150wine.com/images/1150wine/300x300/mendoza-vineyard-300.jpg!!http://www.1150wine.com/images/1150wine/300x300/ik... Read More

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  • Becker Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Texas Hill Country Texas Iconoclast 2006

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    Great Texas wine for under $10. Read More

    Wine review by featherfeather


  • Becker Vineyards Viognier Texas Hill Country 2006

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    Wine review by 124190bryanjmatthews 124190 bryanjmatthews


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