Texas Wine Industry
As the fifth-largest wine producing state in the U.S., the Lone Star State’s sunny, dry climate has long since made for ideal wine production. Some of the earliest recorded wine making in Texas was in El Paso in the 1650s by Spanish missionaries. And did you know that Texas is also noted as the site of the first vineyard in North America? Today, Texas boasts more than 4,400 acres of producing vineyard farmland and produces a variety of spectacular vintages each year.
There are 310 wineries in Texas, ranging from small producers who concentrate on tourism for the majority of their sales to large wineries who have developed state, national and international markets. The state boasts eight American Viticultural Areas (AVA): Texas High Plains, Escondido Valley, Texas Hill Country, Bell Mountain, Fredericksburg, Mesilla Valley, Texas Davis Mountains and Texoma. Harvest time in Texas is normally around the end of July, two months earlier than in California and three months earlier than most of the wine regions in France.
Texas Wine Production
In Texas, we do things big or not at all, including wine production. In 2005, more than 1.5 million gallons of wine were produced in the state. The wine industry contributes more than $1.83 billion of economic impact to the State of Texas.
So, grab a glass and see what the Lone Star State has to offer!