Texas wine has had a long and eventful history full of setbacks and victories that have helped cement the state’s position as a major participant in the American wine industry. Texas is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in North America, with vines initially being planted there by Spanish missionaries in the 1650s. However, commercial winemaking did not take off until the middle of the nineteenth century.
Immigrants from Europe, particularly Germany, improved the quality of Texas wine by introducing new grape varieties and winemaking techniques in the 1800s. Although the Texas wine industry suffered during Prohibition, it has since recovered because to improvements in viticulture and the establishment of the Texas Hill Country and High Plains American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in the latter part of the 20th century.
Today, Texas is well-known for its winemaking, and the state is home to a number of distinct winegrowing regions that specialize in growing grapes like Tempranillo, Viognier, and Mourvèdre. Recognized for its high quality, Texas wine has helped propel the state to the forefront of the American wine industry.