Sparkling Wines from Texas, USA
1st March 2016
Texas is known for it’s red and white wines, so it’s not always easy to find a sparkling variety. However, the industry is gradually picking up as demand increases, more wineries are investing in their sparkling wine ranges – so we will hopefully see plenty more in the future!
Many of the grapes for Texas sparkling wines are grown in the Texas Hill Country AVA (American Viticultural Area) and Texas Hill Plains AVA. The Hill Country is notable for its wide range of soil types and soil depths.
Messina Hof is a family-owned winery and resort based on the three cornerstones of family, tradition and romance. It’s the most awarded and renowned Texas wine in national and international competitions. The winery has a restaurant, villa and events going on so it’s a great place to visit.
Their first sparkling, the Messina Hof Sparkling Brut, is described as “a crisp, refreshing, sparkling wine with pear and pineapple nuances and lively flavors of crisp green apple. A toasty coconut finish completes the brut.”
Also try: Texas Almond Sparkling Brut and Texas Rosé Sparkling Wine
In July 2010 viticulturist Mike McHenry and a group of friends started Wedding Oak Winery with the passion to bring the burgeoning Texas wine industry to the heart of small town Texas, located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 190 and State Highway 16.
Master winemaker Penny Adams is a native Texan and a passionate promoter of Texas wine. Adams became the first Texas Woman Wine Master, when she developed, operated and co-owned Cypress Valley Vineyard and Winery in Blanco Country from 1981-1986.
Try: Wedding Oak Bridal Bliss 2014
Landon’s winemaking experience goes back to 1989 as vintner Bob Landon tried his hand at making wine in the basement of their Dutch Colonial home in Kansas City, Missouri. Fifteen years later in 2004 they started their winery business in Texas. They’ve come a long way since, receiving hundreds awards for their wines.
Bob, head winemaker, is happy to give guests a tour of the estate and sample some upcoming wines.
Try: Landon Sparkling Red Moscato and Landon Sparkling White
William Chris Vineyards
William Chris wines are grown in Texas Hill Country AVA and Texas Hill Plains AVA. Owners Bill and Chris bottled their first vintage under the William Chris label in 2008, utilizing Old-World winemaking techniques to create a genuine expression of the Hill Country’s distinctive terroir. The estate’s first sparkling wine is 2014 William Chris Vineyards Blanc du Bois.
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