Spanish missionaries begin cultivating grapes near present-day El Paso.
European settlers to South and Central Texas start vineyards using
grapevine cuttings brought over from their native countries.
Thomas Munson is born in Astoria, Illinois.
Thomas Munson moves to Denison, Texas.
Frank Qualia founds Val Verde Winery at Del Rio. It is the oldest
bonded winery currently in operation in Texas.
The French government presents Thomas Munson with the French Legion of
Honor Chevalier du Mèrite Agricole award for his Texas-grown,
phylloxera-resistant rootstock which saved France's wine industry.
As the century turns, Texas has a thriving wine industry with 25
wineries in operation.
Thomas Munson publishes Foundations of American Grape Culture. It
becomes the handbook for U.S. grape growers.
Prohibition forces the closing of Texas wine operations
Prohibition is repealed, and the Texas wine industry begins again on a
Bobby Smith starts a vineyard in Springtown and the Sand Land Grape
Growers Association launch operations west of Lubbock. A new
generation of Texas winemaking begins.
Llano Estacado Winery wins a double gold award at the prestigious San
Francisco Fair Wine Competition, putting Texas wine on the world
The Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival is launched, creating a
high-profile showcase for Texas Wine
The Texas Legislature creates the Texas Wine Marketing Assistance Program.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo launches its first International Wine
Texas has eighty-five wineries in operation and an additional nineteen
The Texas Legislature approves a bill allowing wineries to ship their
wines anywhere in the state.