Commissioner Todd Staples is pleased to announce the Texas Department of Agriculture has a new $250,000 wine grant program for farmers who wish to expand existing vineyard operations or start new ones.

“The Texas wine industry ranks fifth in the nation and contributes more than $1 billion annually to our state’s economy, but it is critical to expand the industry and get even more grapevines in the ground,” Commissioner Staples said. “These funds provide an incentive for producers to do just that.”

The Wine Grape Investment Pilot Grant Program, housed under the Rural Economic Development Division, is the first of its kind at TDA. Applications will be accepted through June 6. For program details and eligibility requirements, producers are encouraged to visit www.tda.state.tx.us.

About Texas Wine Industry

Texas produces more than 2 million gallons of wine and has:

  • More than 155 wineries
  • More than 220 commercial vineyards
  • More than 3,700 acres of grapes

The Texas Department of Agriculture is dedicated to supporting and growing the Texas wine industry through:

  • Viticulture education related to vineyard management, grape growing and wine making
  • Research
  • Extension expertise and resources
  • Marketing, marketing research and promotion