March 11, 2024

AUSTIN, TEXAS—The Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) is proud to announce the 2024 Industry Excellence Awards recipients, who were honored last month at the TWGGA 2024 Annual Conference & Trade Show in Denton:

  • Martha and Alphonse Dotson, owners and founders of Dotson-Cervantes Wines in Voca, Texas, are the 2024 T.V. Munson Award recipients. Named after viticulturist Thomas Volney Munson of Denison, Texas, this award recognizes exemplary contributions to Texas grape growing.
  • Michael McClendon, co-owner and enologist/winemaker at Sage’s Vintage in Nacogdoches, Texas, is the 2024 Louis F. Qualia Award recipient. Honoring the founder of Val Verde Winery in Del Rio, Texas, this award recognizes a pioneering spirit in a Texas winemaker or grape grower.
  • Susan and Ed Auler, owners and founders of Fall Creek Vineyards in Driftwood, Texas, are the 2024 John E. Crosby, Jr. Award recipients. This award recognizes lifetime achievement in the Texas wine and grape industry.
  • Roxanne Myers, president of Lost Oak Winery in Burleson, Texas, is the 2024 Bunny Becker Women in Wine Award recipient. This award recognizes women who are making significant contributions to the Texas wine and grape industry.

Each year, TWGGA honors outstanding contributions to the Texas wine industry through the Industry Excellence Awards. Award recipients are nominated by their colleagues and fellow industry professionals, and are then selected by the TWGGA Awards Selection Committee based on their industry contributions, involvement and achievements. Honorees are celebrated each year at the TWGGA Annual Conference & Trade Show.

“On behalf of TWGGA, our board of directors and the selection committee, we are so excited to honor this year’s Industry Excellence Awards recipients,” says TWGGA 2024 President John Matthews. “Each recipient was selected based on their outstanding achievements and their dedication to advancing the Texas wine and grape-growing industry.”

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The Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association is the state’s oldest and largest association primarily focused on betterment of the Texas wine industry. TWGGA’s mission is to promote the production and appreciation of premium grapes and fine wines from Texas and to represent a unified state industry with common marketing, governmental, and educational goals.

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Katy McDowall
Communications Manager
Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association


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