Texas High Plains AVA

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Texas High Plains AVA
Wine region
Cap Rock Winery 0001.jpg
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1993[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofTexas
Climate regionContinental
Total area8,000,000 acres (32,375 km2)[2]
Size of planted vineyards3,500 acres (14 km2)[2]
Grapes producedAglianico, 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.[3] 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.[2] The hardiness zones are 7a and 7b. [1]


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.[4]

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  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.144 Texas High Plains." Archived 2008-07-10 at the Wayback Machine Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Nov. 15, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c Appellation America (2007). "Texas High Plains (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Nov. 15, 2007.
  3. ^ "Wine Growing Regions of Texas - Texas High Plains". Texas Winegrape Network. 2008.
  4. ^ "List of Wineries by County". Wine Society of Texas. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2007-12-16.