Texas alcohol regulations are certainly complicated. Out of its 294 counties, 11 are completely dry, 194 are “moist,” and the remaining 49 are wet.
While even residents find it difficult to keep track of these various regulations, the state does permit direct shipping from wineries to consumers, as long as shipments do not exceed four cases each calendar year. Wineries may ship to both wet and dry counties alike, but shipping from retailers is prohibited throughout the state.
These are our top wine clubs that ship to Texas:
With a long history of wine production dating back to the 1650s, some historians have claimed that Texas was the first location in North America to maintain an established vineyard. In fact, vines were planted in Texas over a hundred years before planting began in famous wine growing regions like California. Near modern day El Paso, the first vines were planted by Franciscan priests to produce sacramental wine for the Eucharist. As settlements began to surround mission outposts, European immigrants brought grapevine cuttings, burgeoning the state’s wine industry throughout the 1800s.
Today, Texas has a thriving wine industry. With 220 wineries covering 4,400 acres, the state produces over 4,100 tons of wine each year. Texas currently maintains over 36 varieties of the grape family, fifteen of which are native to the state. This impressive range of diversity is achieved by the various microclimates found throughout the state’s three main wine growing regions. Within these regions, Texas has eight recognized American Viticultral Areas: Texas High Plains, Escondido Valley, Texas Hill Country, Bell Mountain, Fredericksburg, Mesilla Valley, Texas Davis Moutains, and Texoma.
North-Central Region: Spanning the northern third of the state, covering the Texas Panhandle and stretching toward Dallas, this wine growing region has the highest density of grape growers in the state.
Southeastern Region: This area southeast of Austin and San Antonio has recently been hard-struck by Pierce’s Disease, as vinifera varietals are particularly sensitive to the high humidity in this part of the state. However, the Muscadine grape family thrives in this region.
Trans-Peco Region: Encompassing the southern third of the state, this region produces more than two-thirds of the state’s wine.
Texas Wine Trails:
Texas Wine Festivals:
- Autumn Art and Texas Wine Festival
- Grape Fest
- Fredericksburg Food and Wine Festival
- Austin Food and Wine Festival