Infographic: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Texas Wine and More

Categories: Wine Time

Illustrations by Monica Fuentes
See our slideshow of Texas wines and wineries.

In this week's cover story, we take a peek behind the cellar door to investigate some of the Texas wine industry's more frustrating secrets. Namely, that much of the wine bottled and sold in Texas is made from California grapes -- and that almost all of the wine grown here produces such flabby, insipid wine, it has to be drastically altered and chemically corrected in the cellar.

But aside from the bad news, our cover story has a lot of good news, too -- news about winemakers and grape growers who are looking to change the Texas wine industry for the better. But before you read the cover story, it might help to have a crash course in Texas wines. And that's where our infographics come in.

After you've gleaned the basic facts above, learn more about the history of wines in Texas and our American Viticultural Areas (or wine-growing regions) below.

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David Houston
David Houston

That's a critical but fair story.  I've found much the same thing camping around the wineries in the Hill country.  One or two are preferable to others.  Worst I came across was near Rusk where there was no obvious production of grapes!  Best in my opinion is the Fall Creek Vineyards, my wife and I stop there on the way to the to the Restaurant at Canyon of the Eagles... (They do a BYOB at the Canyon, it's a dry county!)  Fall Creek are pretty laid back, if you phone ahead they'll open up the patio and let you bring your lunch there, to enjoy with their wine.  My family back in Europe have always made wine, where it was part of normal daily living really, so let's just say I know a thing or two about it, not just from drinking copious amounts of it, but from hands on doing it.  My Chablis rocks....  I found one Texas winery were the owner/staff were brand new to it, sure they'd bought a lot of expensive equipment and the lady admitted many of their experiments had failed, but I liked her spirit.  I'm not sure but I suspect it is lack of experience which is the biggest stumbling block, unlike people who set up micro-breweries and knock out beer, wine production IMHO requires a different kind of acquired experience, sophistication in production, and a love of the product from cultivating the vine down to corking it down and storing it...  Compare the Texas have-a-go attitude to the Napa valley where the European settlers brought generations of knowledge with them.  Texas has tremendous promise for wine production, the climate and growing conditions are almost perfect in the Hill Country, it may even one day rival Napa...

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