Industry Informaion and Links

Texas Wine Industry Development and Marketing Advisory Committee

The Texas Department of Agriculture is now seeking applications for Texas Wine Industry Development and Marketing Advisory Committee for terms beginning in 2011. Click here for a pdf of the application.

Notice Regarding Percentage Volume of Texas Grapes Required by TABC Code

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, Section 16.011 (Section 16.011), establishes an exception to the bar on the sale of alcoholic beverages in dry areas for wineries that sell or dispense wine that contains seventy five percent (75%), by volume, of Texas grown grapes or fruit. Texas Agriculture Code, Section 12.039 (Section 12.039), provides that the commissioner of agriculture may reduce the percentage by volume of fermented juice of grapes or other fruit grown in this state that wine containing that particular variety of grape or other fruit must contain under Section 16.011.

The commissioner has received a report from the Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute (TWMRI), Texas Grape Production and Demand Report 2010 (Report), as provided for in Section 12.039. The Report issued by the TWMRI is based in part on responses to surveys sent to Texas wineries, and other research. The Report does not include information from the annual United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grape production report, which is issued in January of each year.

Upon review of the TWMRI Report, and the recommendation made in the Report, the commissioner has determined that there is sufficient information to set the percentage of Texas grown grapes and fruit that is required to be in wine produced by wineries located in dry areas of Texas at seventy-five percent (75%), the percentage required by Section 16.011, to for the 2011 calendar year. Click here to read more.

Below, you will find links to other associations, research information and publications related to the wine and grape industries. Don't forget to get involved in the Texas Registry, which assists the relationships and communications between grape growers and wine makers.

Look for more information on growing wine grapes in Texas, the Texas wine industry and related subjects.

eXtension: Grapes

The Grapes eXtension website is an online community connecting grape producers with viticulture experts and a broad range of technical information on commercial grape production. eXtension is an interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the smartest land-grant university minds across America.

Texas Winegrowing Regions

The Texas Winegrowing Regions website presents general descriptions and technical data to characterize the growing conditions within the American Viticultural Areas (AVA) of Texas. It further provides an interactive geographic information system that enables detailed spatial exploration of each AVA.

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

The Wine Society of Texas

Texas Winegrape Network, Texas Cooperative Extension:

Extensive information on production practices, pests, diseases, research and other topics of interest to prospective grape growers.

www.texasenology.org

Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association:

210 W. Hudgins St., Grapevine, Texas 76051, (817) 424-0570, fax (817) 251-4329
Organization of growers and winemakers promoting Texas grape and wine production through educational, marketing and legislative activities.

Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute at Texas Tech University:

Fosters the economic development and growth of the Texas wine and wine grape industry, collects and disseminates information and does research on industry-related topics.