Video – Texas Native Grapes: Characteristics, History and Their International Significance

A presentation by Dr. Russell D. Kane, VintageTexas at the Native Plant Society of Texas, Houston Chapter February Meeting

It is said that Texas is home to more varieties of native grapes than any other state. Dr. Kane’s presentation highlights the characteristics of Texas and its native grapes and the ecoregions they inhabit. He also addresses how, in the late 1800s, Texas native grape species were utilized by horticulturalist Thomas Volney Munson from Denison, Texas, to offer a solution to one of the greatest agricultural devastations of all time caused by the infestation of Phylloxera vastatrix in European vineyards.

Dr. Russell Kane is an internationally recognized scientist and an award-winning Texas writer, author and wine aficionado. His bestselling book, The Wineslinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine was released by Texas Tech Press in 2012, and Texas Hill Country Wineries – a pictorial history and wine trail guide of the Texas Hill Country Wineries was released in 2015 by Arcadia Publications.

Sit back with a glass of Texas wine and enjoy the story.

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