Apr 272010
 

Video: New GoTexan WineCasts Serve as Virtual Tour of Texas WIne Trails

The Texas Department of Agriculture is launching 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.”

Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail

The series kicks off on April 27 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. Click here to view the first video on the GO TEXAN YouTube channel:

Subsequent episodes released weekly will cover these wine trails:

Crosstimbers 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.

Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 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.

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

Texas Hill Country Wine Trail  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 nestled 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 can pick up the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Texas Winery Passport which offers rewards, including Texas wine accessories, gourmet winery dinners and group wine tastings, for visiting four or more wineries.

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.

For more information about the Texas wine trails or Texas wine industry, go to www.gotexanwine.org. You can also follow GO TEXAN for Texas winery news and events on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/GO-TEXAN-Members/165862618574 and Twitter at http://twitter.com/go_texan.

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