Current TWG President Chris Brundrett of William Chris Wines says, “We know in our heart of hearts this is the next step as an industry to becoming a world-class wine region.”
Consumers of Texas wine may not realize the wine they have been drinking is not always a real Texas wine. Texas currently follows the federal standard where a wine can be labeled as Texas so long as at least 75% of the grapes used in the bottle came from somewhere within the state. The remaining 25% could come from outside of the state. The new law, which goes into effect on September 1, 2021, requires any label that includes a county, American Viticultural Area (AVA) or vineyard designation follow more stringent requirements. The breakdown is as follows:
- County designation – 75% of the grapes must come from within that county. The remaining 25% may come from anywhere within Texas.
- American Viticultural Area (AVA) – 85% of the grapes must come from within that AVA. The remaining 15% may come from anywhere within Texas
- Vineyard Designation – 95% of the grapes must come from that vineyard. The remaining 5% may come from anywhere within Texas.
- If a wine is labeled as Texas only, it is still able to follow the federal standard of 75% of the grapes from within Texas and the additional 25% from another state.