Welcome to Wild Horse Desert
Rich with agriculture production allowing us to source most all of our ingredients within a 100 mile radius of our Distillery
Kingsville is the birthplace of American ranching. It’s also where the stretch of coastal grasslands once known as the Wild Horse Desert begins.
In the early 1800s, this area located in the heart of the Texas Tropical Trail Region was known as “The Wild Horse Desert” where large herds of mustangs ran wild. These herds are said to have drifted over the northern border of Mexico and others were left behind from 17th century Spanish expeditions. The number of horses in these herds was so great that early explorers wrote of having to hire guards to watch their horses and pack mules to keep them from running away with the herds.
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Like those that roamed the Wild Horse Desert in 19th and 20th centuries we see a rich, abundant land that has provided for not only the families of South Texas, but the nation and world for generations. The backstory of this land is characterized by the vision and resourcefulness of its inhabitants that shaped it and a nation throughout its history. A land with an abundance of mustangs before there were automobiles, the birthplace of the American cattle industry when an emerging nation needed to be fed, and an area world renown for its oil and gas production.
At Wild Horse Distillery, we aim to honor the vision of our forefathers as our own by utilizing the unique resources available to create a truly distinctive world-class product. We have perfected the use of local ingredients & flavorings and craft our product in single batch stills. Utilizing the same tenacity and vision as our forefathers, we have harnessed the Wild Horse Desert resources once again to create distinctively Texas spirits. Because after you tame the land, feed & fuel the country, it is time for a drink!
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The early cowboys and ranch hands perfected their skills in capturing and taming the mustangs by building makeshift corrals. The mustangs were eventually sold to ranchers, cowboys and soldiers including Ulysses S. Grant, future General and President, while he was camped on Corpus Christi Beach with Zachary Taylor’s Army. By the end of the 1850s, the area between the Rio Grande and the Nueces River became disputed territory known as the Wild Horse Desert, where neither the Republic of Texas nor the Mexican government had clear control. Ownership was in dispute until the Mexican-American War. The area became filled with lawless characters that deterred settlers in the area. An agreement signed between Mexico and the United States in the 1930s put the liability of payments to the descendants of the original land grants on Mexico. Eventually, nine Mexicans and Spaniards—two were women—gained ownership of the disputed land. Cattle still reign supreme in Texas, thanks in part to Captain Richard King and his partner Mifflin Kenedy, two of our greatest ranching heritage icons. Both self-made men, King and Kenedy created a ranching dynasty that continues to thrive today