Grapes have probably grown wild along Texas rivers and streams for thousands of year. The cultivation of grapes in Texas however is attributed to the arrival of Spanish missionaries in the 1600s in what is now the El Paso region, who planted vineyards to have wine for sacramental purposes. When the German settlers arrived in Texas in the 1840s and 1850s, they viewed the territory as prime for grape production and planted vineyards across South and Central Texas. But thriving wine industry was uprooted during Prohibition in 1919. The modern version of the Texas wine industry is young — starting in the 1970s.
Today, over 230 wineries are located in almost every region of the state of Texas. Growth of the industry has been phenomenal, with 50,000 gallons bottled in 1982 to more than 2.4 million gallons today. Texas is now the fifth largest wine producing state in the nation, with an economic impact of $1.7 billion according to joint study by Texas Tech and the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association.
For a listing of all the wineries in the State of Texas visit: www.gotexanwine.org