Texas Wine Industry Growth
As of 2023, Texas’ wine industry contributes more than $20 billion in economic value to the Lone Star state*. Texas is now the fifth-largest wine producing state in the US, with more than 400 wineries and over 4,000 acres of vineyards. The industry has seen exponential growth, gaining recognition for its quality wines.
“In 2022, 84 Texas wineries won 353 Gold medal awards (or higher) in international competitions for their 100% Texas wine!” –Top Texas Wines
Texas wines have received numerous accolades and awards in international competitions. Estate vineyard, Reddy Vineyards, has a long list of wins, including multiple scores in the 90s. Wineries across the state have showcased their expertise, earning recognition for their exceptional craftsmanship and unique expressions of terroir.
The Texas High Plains AVA, encompassing vast areas of the panhandle, is characterized by its high elevation, well-drained soils, and ample sunlight. These conditions contribute to the development of complex flavors in grapes, making it a prime region for wine production. Texas High Plains boasts almost 1,500 acres of vineyards; 400 of those acres belonging to the Reddy family in the Texas High Plains AVA.
Grape Varieties in Texas
Texas viticulture boasts a diverse range of grape varieties. While traditional grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Chardonnay flourish, lesser-known varietals such as Viognier, Tempranillo, and Mourvedre also thrive in the Texan terroir. Reddy Vineyards now grows 38 varietals, producing their own wine labels, as well as selling fruit through the family’s Custom Crush program.
*Sourced from TexasWine.com