Texas is one of the oldest wine growing states in the US, with vines planted here more than a hundred years before they were planted in California or Virginia. In the 1650s, Franciscan priests planted Mission vines in West Texas, near modern day El Paso. The vines were a necessity for the production of sacramental wine used in the Eucharist. The horticulturist Thomas Munson used Texas vines to create hundreds of hybrid grapes. He conducted significant research to find root stock immune to the Phylloxera epidemic, thereby saving the French wine industry from total ruin. The advent of Prohibition in the United States virtually eliminated Texas' wine industry. A revival began in the 1970s, with the founding of Llano Estacado and Pheasant Ridge wineries in the Texas High Plains appellation near Lubbock and the La Buena Vida winery in Springtown. According to the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association (txwines.org), Texas now has eight AVAs, although many vineyards exist outside the specified AVAs.
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