Texas High Plains AVA
|Type||American Viticultural Area|
|Climate region||Subtropical continental|
|Total area||8,000,000 acres (32,375 km2)|
|Size of planted vineyards||3,500 acres (14 km2)|
|Grapes produced||Aglianico, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Grenache, Malbec, Merlot, Montepulciano, Muscat Canelli, Orange Muscat, Pinot noir, Roussanne, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Syrah, Tempranillo, Viognier|
The Texas High Plains AVA is an American Viticultural Area located on the Llano Estacado region of Texas. The appellation is the second largest American Viticultural Area in Texas, and covers an area of over 8,000,000 acres (32,375 km2). Most of the vineyards are on flat terrain at elevations between 3,000 feet (914 m) and 4,000 feet (1,219 m) above sea level. The Texas plains can be extremely dry, so most vineyards are irrigated with water from the Ogallala Aquifer.
There are at least six wineries located within the Texas High Plains AVA, although many wineries outside of the AVA source grapes from the high plains including Caprock Winery (the first publicly held Winery in the state) and Llano Estacado Winery.
- Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.144 Texas High Plains." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Nov. 15, 2007.
- Appellation America (2007). "Texas High Plains (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Nov. 15, 2007.
- "Wine Growing Regions of Texas - Texas High Plains". Texas Winegrape Network. 2008.
- "List of Wineries by County". Wine Society of Texas. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2007-12-16.