The Texas wine industry is a multi-million dollar industry that has come a long way in a short time. Texas has been the center of grapevine production for centuries, and it still has the oldest operational winery established in 1883. It has 4000 acres of vineyards with eight designated American Viticulture Areas.
The Texas fine wine is made from the highest quality grapes grown in the State. According to state laws, Texas wine needs to have 75% locally grown fruit. Wine manufacturers can import 25% of the fruit from any part of the world. Here are some things that make Texas–sourced wines so unique.
Texas is as large as France, and it has some climatic similarities with the latter. One unique thing about Texas winemaking is it includes all winemaking regions’ different climatic characteristics. Texas has a warm continental climate like Spain, Portugal, and Central Italy. However, its climatic conditions are not suitable for growing grape varieties like Merlot, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.
The Texas fine wine is made of 99% Vitis vinifera, a variety of grapes from Europe, grown in California and most Texas vineyard regions. There are several other grape varieties grown in Texas. Some of them worth mentioning are “Blanc du Bois,” a white table grape variety, “Black Spanish,” a red grape variety used in the manufacturing of Red wines. “Champanel” is another grape variety that is primarily grown in the Central regions of Texas. The grape variety and its quality used in winemaking make Texas wine so unique and popular.
How to Experience Texas Wines?
Participate in Self-Guided Wine Trails
Texas celebrates a wine month every year. Around 35 Texas wineries participate in this event. People participating in this wine festival get an opportunity of full complimentary wine tasting (4 wines) every day and special discounts. October is the month when Texas offers this opportunity to wine lovers, and the wine festival is accessible for all 31 days of October.
Visit Wine Bar Tasting Locations
Texas has several wine bars, which are also popular as wine-tasting locations. You can visit any wine bar and uncork the unique Texas wines. One good thing about these wine bars is that you also get an opportunity of tasting the best food in Texas that goes well with wine tasting.
Private Wine Tasting Events
Several wineries in Texas also organize private wine tasting events for a select number of people. The details of these events are available on their websites, and you can reserve your table at the event.
The private wine-tasting events allow you to enjoy the Texas wines of a particular brand along with authentic Spanish food. People can enjoy different wines with the first course, second course, third course, and dessert course.
Participate in Wine Club Parties
Texas has many wine clubs that allow you to taste the best Texas-sourced wines. If you are a member of these wine clubs, you will be invited to wine tasting parties hosted by them. These parties are generally invitation-only events, and you need to check their website to participate in the wine club parties.
Texas wines have received several accolades and prizes in recent years. If you are a wine lover, you need to experience these Texas-sourced wines for sure and make wonderful memories.