Don’t Believe Everything you Read about Grape Growing in Texas
“Emigrants to Texas, will not have to encounter years of arduous labor in subduing heavy and obstinate forests; but they will be able in almost every instance, to procure a portion of good prairie for present cultivation, without any preparatory labor but that of burning the grass with which they are thickly carpeted.
The face of the country in these grants is generally undulating, with very few, if any dead levels on which the water rests and stagnates, and has no broken or precipitous hills, or arid plains, that may not be profitably ploughed and planted.
No country can be better adapted to the culture of the vine than this. The poorest description of land in it, is admirably suited fot vineyards, and it is anticipated, in no very remote period, rival the choicest productions of France and Italy in wine and fruits.
The native grapes are found growing luxuriantly in all quarters, and many of them are of exquisite flavor, while those of Arkansas and Louisiana, owing to the greater humidity of the atmosphere in those regions, are comparatively acrid, and liable to untimely blights.
The grape, of infinite variety, flourishes without care, and the manufacture of wine in the town of Parras, four degrees west of Matamoros, has reached a noticeable extent, both for the quality of the wine and the quantity produced.”
From Woodman, David, Jr. “Guide to Texas Emigrants”, Book, 1835
[VT Comment: We have learned a lot since 1835 about grape growing and winemaking in Texas, but there is still more to learn. Making fine wines in Texas, one harvest at a time.]