There has been some interest in recent years as to what is a Texas wine. The common definition is a wine produced in Texas made from 100% grapes grown in Texas. We have written in the past Texas Wine Lover’s viewpoint and explanation of Texas wine labeling which often confuses this matter.
Some wineries have filed legislation in the past hoping to require all wines labeled as Texas to be made from 100% Texas grapes. The last attempt was the 100 Percent Texas Wine House Bill 4233. The largest Texas winery and grape grower group Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) launched a program to have a 100% Texas Grown Emblem displayed on wine bottles.
Unfortunately, if a Texas winery is not part of TWGGA, then not all wineries will participate.
Since there was a growing interest in consumers to understand and learn which wineries offered Texas wines, Texas Wine Lover reached out to all Texas wineries at the beginning of 2020 to learn if all the wines they offered were 100% Texas wines. We learned that many wineries who replied actually were making 100% Texas wines. There were also many others who had 100% Texas wines except for one or two wines with reasons about needing a certain type of wine like sparkling wines. There has been an increase in recent years to use 100% Texas fruit and often there are reasons like a new winery that needs to start initially with wine to offer but with the intention of eventually using 100% Texas fruit.
After receiving and viewing the responses from Texas wineries, Texas Wine Lover would first recommend supporting all Texas wineries. If a winery does not have all 100% Texas wines, the majority may be Texas wines.
We have the list of those wineries that make all 100% Texas wines in our Guide.