Increasing the sustainability of the Texas wine industry

Agriculture Minute


Texas continues to play an increasingly important role in supplying quality, flavorful wine to help meet growing demand across the U.S.

Committed to strengthening the Texas grape and wine industry through sustainable practices, Texas A&M AgriLife accelerates research, prepares the future workforce and educates both farmers and consumers alike on wine production and wine consumption.

The experts across Texas A&M AgriLife work together to combine the horticultural expertise within the Department of Horticultural Sciences in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with the outreach expertise of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to support the strong, robust Texas wine industry.

“The department has a tripartite focus on sustainability, wellness and food security,” said Amit Dhingra, Ph.D., professor and head of the Department of Horticultural Sciences. “We are strategically positioning our research, teaching and Extension programs and resources to meet the challenges faced by our horticulture industries, including the wine grape industry, to help propel the multi-billion-dollar economic impact to the Texas economy.”

A strong start to enology and viticulture educational programming

“Sustainability starts at the vineyard with sustainable production and grape growing,” said Andreea Botezatu, Ph.D., assistant professor and AgriLife Extension enology specialist in the Department of Horticultural Sciences, Bryan-College Station.