Wine For Sale in Texas

For Sale in Texas Only indicates that a label exception has been made. Labels are required to list the source of grapes. If a winery doesn’t want to use an appellation (usually because they are importing grapes from out of state) then they can leave the appellation off, ask for an exception with the caveat that they use the “For Sale in Texas Only” notation on the label.

Now, a winery might get an exception or use the notation for other reasons, so that is not a hard and fast rule, but if there is no appellation listed, you can rest assured that they are importing grapes from California, New Mexico, Oklahoma or somewhere and they don’t want their buying public to know that. They may even be blending their own grapes with out of state grapes, importing made wine and bottling it, importing juice, grapes or even bottled but unlabeled wine. There is nothing illegal about the practice, but it is a bit deceiving to make people think they are buying wine and supporting the Texas winegrowing industry.

When purchasing Texas wine, look for “Texas”, Texas Hill Country, Texas High Plains, or even a county name on the label. It can’t use a vineyard name if it is not in an AVA. If you don’t see anything like that AND it has For Sale in Texas Only, you are buying imported juice.


~ by GoodTasteReport on April 24, 2008.

10 Responses to “Wine For Sale in Texas”

  1. preach it brother!

  2. Can I get an Amen?

    If you consider my High Plains Pep Rally (link below), I’ve seemed to have lost steam. Whatever happened to the Davis Mountains Extravaganza? Zone 4 Lust? Lubbock or Leave It? Need true Tejas inspiration…

  3. When you look a the bottle, if there is a “Go Texan Logo” it will insure you that the grapes are grown in Texas, along with it being bottled in the state as well.

  4. The Go Texan Logo just means it’s a “Texas Product”. Most of the ‘names’ in the Texas industry get some fruit from outside the state (California, Chile, Missouri, etc., etc.,), as is “legally” allowed. Take into consideration the 2006 and 2007 harvest and it is obvious that many folks had to supplement. That’s why folks like Pheasant Ridge should be commended for their efforts and honesty and not just marketing gobblygoo. If you go look at the Go Texan Wine website, you’ll be told to “Look for the GO TEXAN logo to know you’re getting the very best! …there is nothing about being assured you’re buying all Texas grapes. We all know that most other wine places in the world do this same type of thing, but we ‘could’ help the Texas wine cause by educating/clarifying. Just a thought.

  5. Further bear in mind…
    75% of a Texas wine must come from Texas if it “is” a Texas wine.
    Fruit gets pulled in from many places.
    (Only California must be 100%, in the U.S.)
    95% of the vintage must come from “said” vintage.
    These are laws of the Feds…

  6. we made the whole trip from Monterrey México to the Texas Hill Country, and as you said, it’s a little disappointing to know that just a small percentage of the wines is made with vines from the region.
    The “Claros” from stonehuse made by “norton” was very good though…
    And I hope that eventually, this percentage will increase, and when visiting texas we can taste only real texan wines.

    • I am not so much worried about the region yet in Texas as I am that the wine is actually Texas appellation. Texas has a different model than CA where most of the big vineyards will be in the western half of the state where big agriculture is located. But, the wineries will be nearer to the urban centers of San Antonio, Austin, DFW and Houston.


  7. Texas wine goes great with Padron Cigars!

  8. yeach nice article i like ur style

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