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Get on the Trail: New Webcasts Showcase Texas Wineries

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The Texas Department of Agriculture has launched a new series of web videos highlighting eight Lone Star wine trails.

Winemakers and trail representatives will share travel tips for each trail, as well as specifics about annual trail events, celebrations and what visitors can expect.

“Friendly personalities, beautiful scenery and award-winning wines characterize Texas wine trails,” Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said. “We’re excited people all over the world can access the new GO TEXAN WineCasts to uncork the fun,  unique and welcoming experiences of Texas wine country.”

The series began last Tuesday with the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail,  a group of eight wineries scattered from Brenham to Montgomery featuring a unique event for each season, including a Wine & Wildflowers Trail celebrating the trail’s namesake bloom.The videos are posted on a YouTube channel for GO TEXAN wine, and featured on TDA’s Texas wine site,

Subsequent video episodes released weekly will cover these wine trails:

Cross Timbers Wine Trail, stretching north from the Ft. Worth area. These seven wineries are in one of the oldest wine regions in the state.

Dallas Wine Trail, a cluster of four urban wineries. This trail brings the rural winery experience to the heart of Dallas.

Wine Road 290 is a group of nine wineries located near the charming, historic town of Fredericksburg between Austin and San Antonio.

Grapevine Wine Trail, near Grapevine in North Texas, the trail features nine wineries and hosts themed events throughout the year, such as the Murder Mystery Trail and the Valentine Wine Trail.

The Munson Wine Trail, comprises 12 wineries stretching across the northeast corner of Texas, beginning just north of Dallas. They offer a range of events each year, such as barrel tastings and the McKinney Wine & Jazz Festival.

The Texas Wine Trail is located in the heart of Central Texas, this trail is made up of 24 wineries and is the second most popular wine destination in the country, second only to Napa/Sonoma.

Way Out Wineries are between the High Plains and the Texas Hill Country. These eight small-town wineries host five road trips each year, each with a seasonal theme.

Visitors to Texas wine trails also can pick up the Texas Department of Agriculture’s wine passport, which offers rewards, including Texas wine accessories, gourmet winery dinners and group wine tastings, for visiting four or more wineries.

Photo above: Bobby Cottle of Pleasant Hill winery near Brenham uses a wine thief, a sort of large glass straw that pulls wine from a barrel so that winemakers can sample its progress as it is aging.

Texas is the fifth-largest wine-producing state in the nation with more than 180 wineries, contributing more than $1.35 billion annually to the state economy. Nearly 1 million travelers visit Texas wineries each year.

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