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<br><br>Irrigation is a must in this large appellation located in the Texas Panhandle, 3,000-4,000 feet above sea level. The Texas High Plains climate is very dry, though vineyards benefit from cooling winds. Vignerons depend on the subterranean Ogallala Aquifer, which spans almost the entire area underneath very well-drained soils. This AVA covers around 8 million acres of flat, intensively-cultivated land, where cotton, sorghum and wheat are the predominant crops. There are approximately 3,500 acres of vineyards, with a growing interest in viticulture and a growing number of prestigous awards to back the promotional image of the appellation. Both vinifera and hybrids have been made into quality wines in this appellation since the first commercial winery opened its doors in 1976. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

Varietals Produced in Texas High Plains View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Merlot

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Sunset Winery (USA)

    After two years of teaching Sociology at the University of Manitoba in Canada, Bruce was happy to...

  • Pheasant Ridge Winery

    Pheasant Ridge wines are available coast to coast and may be found at wonderful restaurants, wine...

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  •  GREGT: The Texas High Plains AVA are where the grapes for most of these wines came from (Oswald Vineyard). The humidity is just above zero. Interestingly enough, the brother of a Temecula winemaker made two of the best Roussanne's  - Kim McPherson.Since the High Plains has 70%+ of the state's grapes, it is common to find Texas Hill Country AVA ... Read More

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  • Since the High Plains has 70%+ of the state's grapes, it is common to find Texas Hill Country AVA wineries making wine but from High Plains fruit.Ahh.   Thanks for the clarification, Achalk.  I've only been to Texas once, but had a great time.GregT- No, I will not be at the Syrah event.  I was not invited.  JUST KIDDING!!  Seriously, I don't rea... Read More

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  • Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind Against California and France - Comes Out ... ... ... non-Texan THP = Texas High Plains  Texas wines took the top five slots with the lone French entry coming sixth. The two California entries occupied the bottom two positions in the rankings. The top wine is Arche’s 2012 from the Texas High Plains. This was my pe... Read More

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  • Llano Estacado Sweet Red NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by jmw2


  • Ignoring the tasting arrangements for the moment (though these are very important in most circumstances), I would say that Roussanne is one of those grape varieties that, while perhaps native to southern France, seems to do well in desert-like conditions that have significantly shorter summers than (mostly) subtropical Texas.Roussanne is one of ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Roussanne The Next...


  • Becker Vineyards Tempranillo Texas High Plains Reserve 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by freerangeathlete


  • Llano Estacado Sweet Red NV

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    I like German white wines so for me I really enjoyed Llano Sweet Red. My wife on the other hand likes a dry red, with that oakey after tastes, she was happy that I liked it. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Inwood Estates Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

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    Actually this is the 2009. Fruit forward - berries primarilyStrong tannins. Distinctive Cabernet flavor. Somewhat artificially distinct from Tempranillo. Not particularly complex character. A bit flat. Some acidity. 14.3% alcohol. Drank with duck breast, puréed cauliflower. Read More

    Wine review by jeffreympatrick


  • Llano Estacado Sweet Red NV

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    My fav "relax in the evening" wine by far. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Llano Estacado Sweet Red NV

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    Can't expect too much for $5, but this is almost terrible and sad. They must add a metric-ton of sugar because this tastes essentially like kool-aid. Most Llano wines are dull and have the weak, bland flavors (at best). This one has a hint of that dull Llano taste (tastes like texas dirt), except WAY over coated in SUGAR.Stay away if you appreci... Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


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