Behind the Cellar Door: The Texas Wine Industry Opens Up

Behind the Cellar Door: The Texas Wine Industry Opens Up

Most Texas wineries can't get by on Texas grapes alone. Although the state produces more than 1 million cases of wine a year, Texas is drinking itself dry. And what do Texas wineries do when they can't grow enough grapes to make the roughly 12 million cases a year that we drink? They import the grapes from California. That's right -- the wine in your cupboard marked "Texas" that you purchased from a Texas winery is most likely made with California grapes. It's the dirty little secret of the Texas wine industry. Read more in this week's cover story by Katharine Shilcutt and Jeremy Parzen.


Most Texas wineries can't get by on Texas grapes alone. Although the state produces more than 1 million cases of wine a year, Texas is drinking itself dry. And what do Texas wineries do when they can't grow enough grapes to make the roughly 12 million cases a year that we drink? They import the grapes from California. That's right -- the wine in your cupboard marked "Texas" that you purchased from a Texas winery is most likely made with California grapes. It's the dirty little secret of the Texas wine industry. Read more in this week's cover story by Katharine Shilcutt and Jeremy Parzen.
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