This article showcases our top picks for the best Texas based Wine & Spirits companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Wine & Spirits industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Texas Wine & Spirits Companies
BeatBox Beverages was founded with the belief that boxed wine doesn’t have to be boring. We were tired of all those standard boxed wines, and we knew there was an opportunity to create a better mixed drink experience for people who know what perfection in a box should look and taste like.
There’s no better feeling than having that perfect song play through the speakers that just sums up the way you feel at that moment. We’re passionate music fans, too.
So, we designed BeatBox around music and with that euphoric feeling in mind. To us, it’s not just a drink – it’s an experience.
BeatBox comes in a sharable 5L box and is best served chilled and with friends. So get out there and laugh with old friends, make some new ones, and live life the way it’s supposed to be lived – with your eyes and ears open..
Austin Eastciders launched in 2013 with the goal of making America fall in love with cider all over again. Since creating its Original Dry cider, they have experimented with other styles of cider to add new cider lovers into the fold.
Texas Honey, Hopped, Pineapple and Blood Orange are just the beginning.. .
Treaty Oak Distilling
Treaty Oak Distilling is a distillery company that offers whiskey from organic, heirloom corn varietal. They embrace the scientific method, even as they collect artistic perspectives to blend with the distilling process.
It was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Dripping Springs, Texas.. .
Austin Cocktails specializes in spirits, mixology, craft cocktails, and premixed cocktails. The company strives to bring craftsmanship, creativity and quality to the ready-to-serve cocktail category.
Five varieties in 750 ml bottles (wine-sized) contain just over six cocktails. Austin Cocktails was founded in 2012 and headquartered in Austin, Texas..
Rebecca Creek Distillery
Rebecca Creek Distillery is a Texas-based craft distiller and makes the finest whiskeys and vodkas for the enjoyment of connoisseurs. It is one of North America’s largest craft distilleries.
One of the first distilleries built in South Texas since prohibition, Rebecca Creek Distillery is a privately held “Spirited Texas Distillery” and the brainchild of San Antonio entrepreneur Steve Ison. It was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas..
Pura Vida Tequila
Pura Vida Silver delivers pure agave flavor and unparalleled drinking pleasure when making your favorite cocktail or the Ultimate Margarita. But purists may prefer to simply savor its untarnished agave flavor on its own – unchilled & unadulterated.
Wrap your hands around a Pura Vida Silver cocktail and you’re about to wrap your taste buds around a life altering, organoleptic experience. Well, maybe not life-altering but definitely life-enhancing.
And yes, organoleptic is a word.. .
Me & the Bees
Me & the Bees is an operator of a premium ready-to-drink bottled lemonade brand used to create and market flavored, organic beverages. Its lemonade drinks are sweetened with honey and provide a fun twist on the classic beverage with flavors like mint, flaxseed, prickly pear, ginger, and half tea that enable customers to enjoy healthy and organic drinks with no added preservatives via the online store.
Founded by Mikaila Ulmer in 2009, Me & the Bees is headquartered in Austin, Texas.. .
Yellow Rose Distilling
Yellow Rose Distilling specializes in producing blended and bottled premium whisky. Founded in 2010, Yellow Rose Distilling debuted the first legal distillery and tasting room in the Houston city limits.
They specialize in hand-crafted,blended and bottled premium whiskeys that have been recognized throughout the industry with top awards including a Double Gold Medal from the San Francisco Spirit Competition and Best Bourbon under 2 years from American Distilling Institute.. .
Woot.com pioneered the “one deal per day” business model that is now used by several sites across the internet. The basic idea is that only one product is available for sale at any given time and each product is only available for 24 hours.
At midnight (US Central time), the product is replaced by a different product. If a product sells out before then, a “Sold Out” message is displayed until the next day’s product goes up.
Woot’s 2007 revenue was $117MM. On June 30th 2010, the NY Times reported that Woot.com had agreed to an acquisition by Amazon for an undisclosed amount.
Some companies with similar business models are [WhiskeyMilitia](http://www.WhiskeyMilitia.com), [Ideeli](http://www.crunchbase.com/organization/ideeli) and [GearEngine](http://www.gearengine.com).. .
Canteen Spirits provides a line-up of Vodka Soda drinks in the convenience of 12oz cans. Canteen is the first of its kind to be packed with flavor but made with zero sugar, zero carbs, no sodium and containing only 99 Calories.
The company was founded in 2019 and is based in Austin, Texas.. .
Paula’s Texas Orange Liqueur and Paula’s Texas Lemon Liqueur, made from fresh fruit and pure cane sugar, are all natural and gluten free. Paula’s Texas Orange is 80 proof and makes the world’s finest Margarita.
Its bright orange flavor is also delicious in classic cocktails and mixed with sparkling water. Paula’s Texas Lemon makes the world’s best Lemon Drop Martini and is also great served chilled as a shot as well as being a versatile cocktail ingredient.
Paula’s Texas Lemon is 60 proof. Paula’s Texas Orange and Paula’s Texas Lemon can be found at liquor stores, bars, and restaurants throughout Texas.
Both can be purchased in 750 ml and .50 ml sized bottles. dee.jpg.
Small Victory is a cocktail bar focused on providing quality drink, food, and hospitality through its concept and design. It is focused on short, simple menus offering crafted classic and original cocktails, punches, prepared ‘shots’, canned and bottled beer, and a small wine selection with a particular focus on sherry and natural wines.
Small Victory is based in Austin, Texas.. .
Personal Wine was founded in late 1999 by Alex Andrawes and Aaron Bulkley, two college friends with a love of wine, wine bottle labels and finer foods. With little more than a dream and $10,000 in savings, Alex and Aaron started out by soaking wine bottles in bathtubs to remove the original wine labels.
With blank bottles at the ready, they would then add a custom label to each bottle by hand. Fifteen years later, they may have a more advanced operation, but their commitment to providing high-quality personalized wine gifts and excellent customer service remain central to their purpose..
We can get pretty much anything delivered to our doorsteps these days. So why not alcohol too? BrewDrop users can order beer, wine, and liquor from their smartphones for real-time delivery.
Think of it like pizza delivery for alcohol. A liquor store at your fingertips..
TopShelf is a technology company that increases efficiency within the liquor industry. Their first application connects users with local liquor stores for a high quality, alcohol delivery experience.
TopShelf was chosen to participate in the 2015 SXSW Startup Spotlight while simultaneously launching in Austin, Texas. The service has since expanded to Houston, Dallas, and San Marcos.
The app has generated 78% month-on-month revenue growth for our partner liquor stores in the short time they have been live.. .
Over 50,000 square feet of alcoholic beverages! We offer super low prices on spirits, lower than anywhere else in town. With over 170 cooler doors for beer and wine products, you are sure to find what you’re looking for! We have over 6,000 products to choose from at our two Beverage Depot Liquor Stores.
Beverage Depot also has fine imported wines from around the world. Come check our super-low prices on everything in the store!.
International Spirits & Beverage Group
ISBG is an alcoholic beverage company specializing in the development, marketing, and global sales of innovative wine and spirits brands. The Company’s expertise lies in the strategic development and aggressive early growth of its brands and establishing these brands as viable and profitable.
ISBG intends to build its own brands while seeking out individual acquisition candidates to continue to develop its pipeline of new brands into the ISBG portfolio.. .
Couch Potato ATX
Imagine your favorite convenient store that delivers to your door! Our customers love us because we stock all of your favorite goodies in our warehouse which means we can deliver much faster than the other guys. We also deliver late…
until 1am on weekdays and 2am on weekends.. .
Mistica Foods, LLC was founded as an independent, woman-owned company providing custom menu and supply chain solutions to foodservice as well as retail channels. Headquartered in Addison, Illinois, Mistica Foods serves national and international customers and offers products under the Mistica Ranch Meats brand name.
The name Mistica Foods was inspired by Walas’ family’s devout Catholic faith. Monika prayed to Maria Rosa Mistica for protection and guidance in this new role she began.
Maria Rose Mistica is the same icon her father prayed to when contemplating the opening of his first venture over 24 years ago. The icon is a meaningful figure in her family that Walas wanted to incorporate in her new venture, Mistica Foods..
Sociologie Wine™ began as a beloved party favorite surrounded by fun music, wonderful conversation, and lovely family friends. Starting in her very own kitchen and using her entertaining soirées as inspiration, Amy customized an assortment of sophisticated wine blends tailored to each special occasion.
For many years, she graciously served refreshing wine blended to perfection with delicious fruits and delightful natural ingredients! Soon guests began requesting her yummy drinks and Amy found herself preparing and bottling her recipe as party flavors. Then, demand multiplied with each added guest at every delightful celebration! In 2011, Amy partnered with renowned New York fashion designer Brooke Hagel to design her new wine collection to be a symbol of chic soirées and style! In August 2012, served chilled and adorned in glamorous glasses, Sociologie Wine™ launched two varietals in Texas, ‘Blushing Rose’ and ‘Red Berry’.
Sociologie™ sangria received a great response and a huge following because of its modern-classic look and fresh flavor that reflects a chic celebratory experience. Sociologie Wine™ premium collection of delicious wine reflects fabulous women of permissible drinking age and is currently sold in Texas and Florida..
Taprite, the preferred supplier to the world’s most well known soft drink and beer brands, is pleased to announce its 75th anniversary in business. Founded in 1940, Taprite opened its doors in New Jersey as “Tap-Rite”, a supplier of beer dispensing equipment.
Since its inception, Taprite has undergone numerous changes to solidify its position as an industry leader: • In 1997, Taprite merged with Standard-Keil and relocated to San Antonio, TX, under the name Taprite-Fassco to include soda dispensing equipment. • In 1999, Taprite-Fassco and its sister company North American Dispense (NADS), a supplier of beer-dispensing equipment, were bought by a Dutch company by the name of Aalberts Industries.
• In 2010, Taprite-Fassco and NADS merged both soda and beer product lines under the name Taprite. Taprite has two locations in Texas; the Main capital office is in San Antonio where regulators and beer dispense products are manufactured.
The second office is located in Marion, a small town 35 miles NE of San Antonio where the Taprite Ice chests are produced and BIB-Racks welded.. .
The Dean’s List
The Dean’s List provides great wines at value prices delivered to home via local delivery or shipping. The Dean’s List offers everyday wines, as well as high-end wines for special occasions, but all with a significant discount! They want to make sure you have great quality wine for a great price.
They strive to beat Wine.com and other competitors pricing! One of the most treasured things about wine is not just the taste but the story behind the wine. When buying from The Dean’s List you can check out the Industry Notes on each wine to find out more about the background of how it was made as well as additional information that will help you understand the wines story..
Monitur helps craft beverage companies make better beer, wine and spirits. Current technology requires on-site visual inspection and does not provide any means to record information.
Monitur technology provides mobile access to real-time and historic production data and alerting to adverse conditions, giving the ability to better control and optimize the craft beverage production processes, resulting in higher-quality products.. .
Village Liquor was founded in 1983 and has been serving the Houston marketplace ever since. We currently operate 4 upscale locations, each fully stocked with a wide variety of top shelf spirits and high-end wines.
We specialize in sourcing limited editions and rare vintages. Village Liquors recently made the 2017 INC5000 list of fastest growing private companies in America..
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