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Napa and Sonoma have remained a major source of America’s wine production for decades splashing the world with one after another award-winning wine. Almost every state in the USA produces or is famous for winemaking. Here we talk about the vineyards and wineries of Texas. There are many dominating wine regions in the USA and Texas isn’t left behind, grabbing the fifth position as the nation’s largest wine producing region. Wines produced in Texas are only beginning to gain worldwide recognition as winemakers are bringing out new wines and consumers are loving it. Here are a few family-owned vineyards and wineries
Becker Vineyards farms 56 acres of estate fruit. Becker Vineyard's winery is a 10,000 square foot facility which is a reproduction of a late 19th century German stone barn, a prevalent style of the Texas Hill Country. The winery is the largest purchaser of French and American Oak barrels in the state of Texas. The production and bottling operation is a year-round process. Their "state of the art" Italian designed bottling equipment was customized just for Becker Vineyards and will process 55 bottles per minute. Many of their wines are fully distributed within the state of Texas and can be purchased through retail outlets. Most of the wines they feature at the winery are winery exclusive. In 2017, Becker Vineyards crushed over 1900 tons of Texas fruit. 56 acres comprised of: Syrah, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, and Merlot.
Texas SouthWind Vineyard and Winery is nestled between two historic towns, Refugio and Goliad, on 145 acres of beautiful ranch land that is only reminiscent of South Texas. The vineyard and winery is family owned and operated, and the family's goal is to produce exquisite white, red, fruit, and dessert wines. All fruit and white wines are aged in stainless, and all red wines are aged in French oak. The sight, smell, and taste are by far the most important in creating a beautiful wine.
Perissos is a family owned vineyard and winery. It is the only vineyard located in decomposed granite soils in the Texas Hill Country. They farm 16 acres of vines, and planted to that acreage are 13 different grape varieties. The bulk of their vines are Aglianico, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Viognier.
Arche is a north Texas estate winery near Saint Jo in the Red River Valley, surrounded by beautiful vineyards and rolling hills. Arche vineyard and winery is focused on producing exceptional wines while providing an outstanding and memorable experience for guests. The tasting room is open year round and is situated in the middle of the vineyard, offering expansive views of the valley.
At William Chris Vineyards, the focus is on the low impact 100% Texas-grown wine. Owners and winemakers of William Chris believe that for Texas wines to distinguish themselves, they also should represent the terroir and growing conditions of the Lone Star State. Not only did they believe that the grapes needed to be Texan, they also believe that to grow the best fruit, much time among the vines is required.
Haak Winery is deeply passionate and dedicated to creating wines of distinction. As the first winery and only commercial vineyard in Galveston County, they offer you premium wines made in the great state of Texas. Haak is one of the first wineries in the country to cultivate Blanc du Bois (hybrid grape). Today, the winery consists of more than 25,000 sq. ft., including a 1,800 sq. ft. cellar, which is used for storing and aging wines in oak barrels. Artwork throughout the winery is reminiscent of Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal. The winery has grown into a destination for many locals and a major tourist attraction for Santa Fe, Texas and Galveston County.
Bingham Family Vineyards is only a handful of Texas wineries that sell only 100% estate bottled wines. Estate means that they grow all of their grapes and produce all of their own wine at their winery. They currently own or manage 200 acres of grapes in production in the Texas High Plains AVA. With plans for future harvests, they are currently bottling sixteen of their varietal wines.
40 years ago, the Messina Hof legacy began with an experimental vineyard and fifty varietals of grapes. Thousands of awards and a generation later, Messina Hof has expanded to produce 130,000 gallons per year and continues to be at the forefront of the Texas wine industry.
At Whistling Duck Vineyards & Winery their mission is to produce the highest quality, handcrafted Texas wines to be enjoyed at their “Uniquely Texas” winery facility. You can create memorable experiences here at the mom and pop winery where the wines produced are mostly grown in Texas and made in Texas. They have some unique wine merchandise, along with some mighty fine jellies, jams, and salsas.