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Texas Wine FAQs

According to the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, Texas currently has over 275 bonded commercial wineries. Wine production in Texas continues to grow each year with over 3.0 million gallons produced in 2012. Texas ranks fifth in the United States of America in wine production.  The first vineyard in North America was established around 1662 by Franciscan priests.

Orbitz named the Hill Country the 2nd fastest growing wine destination in the country.

The Wine Institute estimates that the annual per capita consumption of wine in 2015 was 2.83 gallons, compared to 2.01 gallons in 2001.

Texas has eight officially recognized wine-growing regions known as American Viticultural Areas (AVA). The most important features that characterize a wine-growing region are the interrelated factors of climate, soils, and topography. (Texas A&M)

Among the Gold Medal winners in the 2013 Dallas Morning News & TEXSOM international wine competition were these Central Texas winery entries

  • Stone House Vineyard, Texas Hill Country, Reserve, Claros, Norton 2012
  • Duchman Family Winery, Texas, Martin Vineyard, Sangiovese 2011 Gold
  • Duchman Family Winery, Texas, Reddy Vineyard, Sangiovese 2011
  • Messina Hof, Texas, GSM, Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre NV
  • Bending Branch Winery, Texas, Tannat 2011
  • Spicewood Vineyards, Texas Hill Country, Estate, Tempranillo 2012

Definitions:

Varietals: Wines made largely from a single grape variety.

Red Varietals: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Tempranillo, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Lenoir

White Varietals: Chardonnay, Blanc du Bois, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Orange Muscat, Muscat Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Gewurtztraminer, Semillon

How to Taste Wine (courtesy of GoTexan)