Texas has become one of the fastest growing wine tourism destinations in the United States – second only to Napa Valley. This boom means that the industry is expanding at a rapid rate where winemakers from around the world are lured here due to the wide range of grape varieties available. Texas’ expansive selection of varietals lends itself to a wide range of winemaking styles and complex blends.
Some of the earliest vineyards in the United States can be traced back to Texas. Mission grapes (no longer found in Texas) were planted by Franciscan priests as early as the 1650s along the Rio Grande Valley. In what is today’s Texas Hill Country AVA, German immigrants also produced wines from native mustang grapes. Since then, Texas winegrowers have been able to innovate and experiment with many different varietals and winemaking styles due to the diverse nature of Texas’ terroir. Today, over 100 varieties of wine grapes can be found growing in Texas vineyards.