Texas Hill Country AVA
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. 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.
A vineyard near Johnson City, Texas
|Type||American Viticultural Area|
|Sub-regions||Bell Mountain AVA, Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country AVA|
|Climate region||Humid subtropical|
|Total area||9,000,000 acres (36,422 km2)|
|Size of planted vineyards||800 acres (3 km2)|
|Grapes produced||Alicante 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|
- Code of Federal Regulations. "§ 9.136 Texas Hill Country." Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Part 9 — American Viticultural Areas; Subpart C — Approved American Viticultural Areas. Retrieved Nov. 14, 2007.
- Appellation America (2007). "Texas Hill Country (AVA): Appellation Description". Retrieved Nov. 14, 2007.
- "The Wine Growing Regions of Texas". Texas Wine / Texas Dept. of Agriculture. 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-16.
- "List of Wineries by County" (PDF). Wine Society of Texas. 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-16.