Texas has a long history of wine production. The sunny and dry climate of the major winemaking regions in the state have drawn a comparison to Portuguese wines.
The state is home to more than 36 members of the Vitis grapevine family with 15 being native to the state, more than any other region on earth. As of 2006, the state had more than 3,200 acres (1,300 ha) planted with Vitis vinifera. 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.