Dallas is the ninth-largest city in the United States and it holds a most delicious secret: an emerging and powerful wine culture and all it entails. Texas is the fifth largest producer of the “Elixir Bacchus” in the nation in part because of Its dry sunny climate is ideal for the cultivation of grapes.
Dallas is known for its sports teams, restaurants and shopping malls. The truth is that in Big D, as the locals call it, there are more restaurants per capita than in New York City. The production, passion, and wine culture go hand in hand with its unrivaled gastronomic offering. It’s a tasty secret that has long been restricted to connoisseurs.
Two of the seven wine routes in the state are located in Dallas and surrounding areas. Just beyond the boundaries of the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport, lies the lovely city of Grapevine. This gem of a town is the wine capital of Texas.
Bold reds and powerful whites, in the words of James Tidwell, the master sommelier of the Four Seasons Hotel in Dallas, are evocative of the Lone Star State. Excellent Spanish varietals such as Tempranillo and Albariño; Italian grapes like Vermentino and Sangiovese; the French Viognier, Syrah and Rousson; have settled in the Texas prairie. Mediterranean grapes are superbly adapted to the various Southwest microclimates and local winemakers have recently begun producing excellent reds from Malbec and Tannat grapes.
Texas wines are as unique as the families that create them. Each winery has its particular and unparalleled history. And best of all; the wine routes will accommodate everyone from the great connoisseurs to those who have just sampled for the first time the decanted delights of grapes.
Each winery has a story...
Spanish missionaries started the tradition and today countless establishments carry on with the noble task. From the local vineyards to the making and then bottling of the wines, the full experience of this ancient art can be lived out in this region.