The end of the year is fast approaching, so it is time for the yearly review of Texas Wine Lover (TWL).
The Texas wine industry never slows down which means the team at Texas Wine Lover doesn’t either. The growth of Texas wineries has not declined as more wineries have opened all across the state. This is excellent for wine consumers as it gives more wineries to visit, often near one’s hometown, and the chance for wine lovers to realize Texas actually makes wine. In fact, TWL wrote about 40 new wineries and tasting rooms in 2019!
Here are some highlights of 2019 for Texas Wine Lover:
- We had 13 writers who wrote at least one blog post in 2019. This gives us writers in the Texas High Plains, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Fredericksburg, Houston, and more covering the entire state.
- 180 posts were written in 2019 (so far). That averages to over three posts a week!
- We continued the monthly winemaker profile that Texas Hill Country Wineries first wanted Texas Wine Lover to help them with, and we have expanded to other winemakers in Texas. January 2020 will mark six years of us doing the winemaker profile! If you know a winemaker who hasn’t participated yet, please have them get in touch with me.
- Texas Wine Lover continues to be the only website to bring you all the major wine competition results with Texas wineries being filtered out from the results. Texas wines have done wonderful over the past year in international wine competitions and we showcased the results from eight different competitions.
- The list of Texas wine festivals under the Fun Stuff menu on the website is very popular. In fact, I have wineries waiting for the 2020 list already, so they know where to go. Don’t worry, it will be out before the end of this year!
- If you enjoy wine, you most likely also drink non-Texas wine so you can see how much Texas wine is progressing and often exceeding other areas in the world. Because of that, we also featured a few blog posts about wines and other stories from other regions.
- I wanted to thank the existing advertisers and affiliates from 2019 which helps us bring the best Texas wine news to you. Any revenue received helps pay for the expenses to run the website. I realized this in the past month by needing to spend over $1,200 in just two payments! If you want to advertise on the website or with our social media, please let us know.
- Social media numbers for Texas Wine Lover are currently as follows as I write this: 10,216 Facebook Likes (all organic [that means we did not pay for any Likes unlike some other Facebook pages]) and crossing the 10,000 mark for our Facebook page, 2,056 members of the very active Facebook group (more than doubled in 2019), 4,738 Twitter followers, and 2,848 followers on Instagram. Our email subscriber list has continually grown. Have you subscribed to our mailing list yet? We have already helped different businesses in 2019 with advertising on our social media platforms.
One cool feature we have on the website that I do not believe many people are yet aware of is our winery pages, on top of the best Texas Wineries Map. Every Texas winery has its own page on the website with their information, but and those pages contain links to every post we have written about that winery. If you are interested in visiting a winery and want to see what others think, simply go to the Texas Wineries List and search for the winery. We have not forgotten the wine growers as each vineyard we have listed on the website also has their individual vineyard page too.
I am sure I forgot something in 2019 that was worthy of mentioning. I will have to start keeping notes during the year as things are happening all the time and it is very busy. Thanks for following Texas Wine Lover and cheers to 2020!