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Maintained by a long history of knowledgeable grape growers and a current generation of persevering winemakers, modern Texas wine production continues to flourish. Today Texas ranks fifth in production volume and boasts a number of variations in climatic conditions and terrain suitable for viticulture.

The Spanish planted the first vineyards in the state in the 1660s in Ysleta Mission near what is now El Paso. Texas is also home of the famous taxonomist, Thomas Munson, who led extensive research in the 1880s on vine breeding and is credited with saving Europe from complete phylloxera devastation. His results led to the French importation of huge amounts of American species phylloxera-resistant rootstocks, which when grafted onto their non-resistant Vitis vinifera species, prevented the spread of the disease.

Today Texas boasts over 275 bonded wineries and eight official American Viticultural Areas (AVAs). Some of the main AVAs include Texas High Plains, Texas Hill Country, Bell Mountain, Escondido Valley and Fredericksburg.

After experimentation with popular California varieties yielded mixed results, many growers have turned their focus to heat and drought-resistant Mediterranean varieties. Grapes such as Syrah, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Viognier and Vermentino are well-suited to the Texas environment, especially the Texas High Plains AVA in the northwestern Panhandle of Texas where vineyards are planted at 3,000-4,000 feet. This AVA receives of plenty of sunshine and cool nighttime temperatures support acid retention.

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  • Balcones 1 Texas Single Malt Whisky Front Bottle Shot
    Balcones 1 Texas Single Malt Whisky
    American Single Malt Whiskey from Texas, Other U.S.
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    Balcones Brimstone Texas Scrub Oak Smoked Whisky
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    • Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky Front Bottle Shot
      Balcones Baby Blue Corn Whisky
      American Whiskey from Texas, Other U.S.
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    • Balcones True Blue Straight Corn Whisky  Front Bottle Shot
      Balcones True Blue Straight Corn Whisky
      American Whiskey from Texas, Other U.S.
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    • Balcones Texas Rye Whisky Front Bottle Shot
      Balcones Texas Rye Whisky
      Rye Whiskey from Texas, Other U.S.
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    • Balcones Pot Still Straight Bourbon Whisky Front Bottle Shot
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      Bourbon Whiskey from Texas, Other U.S.
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