Texas has a long history of wine production. The sunny and dry climate of the major wine making regions in the state have drawn comparison to Portuguese wines. Some of the earliest recorded Texas wines were produced by Spanish missionaries in the 1650s near El Paso. The state is home to over 36 members of the Vitis grape vine family with fifteen being native to the state, more than any other region on earth.
As of 2006, the state had over 3,200 acres (1,300 ha) planted with Vitis vinifera. Despite being the largest of conterminous states, this relatively small amount of planted land is dwarfed by the production of even the smallest French AOCs like Sancerre. The Texan wine industry is continuing its steady pace of expansion and has gained a reputation as an established wine growing region in the United States.
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Texas Wine Facts
Did you know that Texas had the first winery in North America?
Texas is the site of the first vineyard established in North America by Franciscan priests circa 1662.
As European settlers followed the development of mission outposts, they brought more grapevine cuttings, further developing the industry through the 1800s. Today Texas has over 4,000 acres of producing vineyard farmland.
Texas Wine and Winegrape Industry Profile
- America’s No. 5 wine producer and No. 7 wine grape producer
- Contributes more than $1.88 Billion of Economic Value to the State of Texas
- Over 11,000 full time jobs paying $417M in wages
- Over 1.6M visitors to Texas wineries spending $466.1M
- 350 Wineries (G permit issued by TABC as of January 1, 2015)
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Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards is defined by an unhurried old world style. It’s a perfect setting for leisurely enjoying our wines, while overlooking the lush wine grape vineyards.
At White Fox Vineyards we are dedicated to the wine....and you. The vineyard is a hard place to leave. We are also available for corporate and special events.
The vineyard is surrounded by native plants and flowers, including wild muscadine grapes, fragrant honeysuckle, purple wisteria, and pine trees.
Landon Winery is a Texas winery that has two locations where wines can be sampledboth of which are close to Dallas and Fort Worth.