Texas Wine Facts

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.

Winery & Vineyard Regions

Texas Wine Features

  • Table Wine – Still (not bubbling) wine under 14% alcohol
  • Fortified Wine – a wine to which alcohol has been added, most typically brandy
  • Dessert Wine – Wines that are 14% alcohol or higher, typically sweet, served with dessert and considered a sipping drink
  • Sparkling Wine – Wine with significant levels of carbon dioxide making it bubbly. The carbon dioxide results from a second fermentation either in the traditional French method (méthode champenoise) in the bottle, or in large tanks.
Texas Wine Grape Varietals

Texas Wine and Winegrape Industry Profile

  • Contributes more than $13.1 Billion of Economic Value to the State of Texas (Download 2017 Texas Economic Impact Study Packet on American Wine Industry prepared by John Dunham & Associates)
  • 104,267 full time jobs paying $4.3B in wages
  • 1.7M tourist visits to Texas wineries spending $716.
  • 500+ Wineries (G permits issued by TABC as of May 31, 2019)
  • Visit WineAmerica website for US Study and state by state statistics
2017 Economic Report