Texas beef is recognized around the world for its quality and now Texas wines are receiving the same level of international recognition. The International Wine Competition at an event the size of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo brought 2454 wines from 736 wineries. Twenty countries participated in the competition and nearly 6% of medals were awarded to Texas wines. Along with other Texas medal-winning wineries, Solaro Estate was a presenter on Sunday February 19th at the Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup Event at Reliant Center.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, like a fine wine, has been known to bring people together from across this great state of Texas. "My family has been active in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo ever since I can remember," says Solaro Estate Winery's Jessica Touchy. Texans are a people that love their state and are close to the land; like all things Texan, the wine community works together and forms very supportive relationships across the state. The pride of Texas farmers, some of whom are now moving from cotton to grapes, and the pride of our winemakers is evident in the high class of wines coming out of the Lone Star State.
The Texas wine industry is poised to be an important part of the future of Texas agriculture. With proper support, it will contribute billions of dollars to the Texas economy, and participation in events such as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Austin Rodeo help benefit Texas agriculture, Texas economy and the academics of young Texans.
As a testament to the International recognition of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Jessica, with business operations of Solaro Estate, was asked to interview with ITV International Television. "The terroir available in a state the size of Texas is capable of growing grapes as well as anywhere in the world and as a winery and as an industry, we are beginning to make the world take notice of the quality of some Texas wines, especially our world-class reds," says Jessica. The next time we think about Texas agricultural products, let's remember the worldwide attention focused on Solaro Estate Winery and other Texas wineries.