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The Texas Hill Country AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in the Texas Hill Country north of San Antonio and west of Austin, Texas.[3] The appellation is the second largest American Viticultural Area behind the Upper Mississippi River Valley AVA and covers an area of over 9,000,000 acres (36,422 km2). Established in 1991, it is the southernmost AVA. Despite the cultural influence of the local Texas German population, most of the grape varietals grown in the Texas Hill Country originate from France, Italy, or Spain rather than the cooler climate of Germany.[2][4]

Texas Hill Country AVA
Wine region
Texas Hills vineyard.jpg
A vineyard near Johnson City, Texas
TypeAmerican Viticultural Area
Year established1991[1]
CountryUnited States
Part ofTexas
Sub-regionsBell Mountain AVA, Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country AVA
Climate regionHumid subtropical
Total area9,000,000 acres (36,422 km2)[2]
Size of planted vineyards800 acres (3 km2)
Grapes producedAlicante Bouschet, Aglianico, Barbera, Blanc du Bois, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Colombard, Malbec, Merlot, Muscat Canelli, Norton, Petit Verdot, Pinot noir, Primitivo, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Syrah, Tannat, Tempranillo, Tinta Madeira, Touriga Nacional, Trebbiano, Viognier

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  1. ^ Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.136 Texas Hill Country." 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. 14, 2007.
  2. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Texas Hill Country (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Nov. 14, 2007.
  3. ^ "The Wine Growing Regions of Texas". Texas Wine / Texas Dept. of Agriculture. 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-16.
  4. ^ "List of Wineries by County" (PDF). Wine Society of Texas. 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-16.

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