Easter and Signs of Spring

Easter and Signs of Spring

The signs of spring are upon us. Most of our later budding varieties of grapes are pruned and not budding out yet. But our early bud breaking Viognier is waking up. The Viognier buds below were photographed on March 31st, 2018. These buds are apical dominance buds...
The Fragileness of Spring in the Vineyards

The Fragileness of Spring in the Vineyards

Everything is greening up in the vineyards. Perhaps we won’t have any more freezing weather or hail to hurt the vines, but we might. Growing grapes on the High Plains is an adventurous endeavor. We practice delaying pruning as much as we can, so that we...
Texas Viognier harvest 2015

Texas Viognier harvest 2015

Wow, we have been busy, but now all of our Viognier grapes are harvested for 2015. On my way to the winery this morning, I followed one of our dump carts that was filled with Viognier grapes. Organic  black-eyed peas in the foreground. One of our vineyards in the...
Testing grapes for harvest readiness

Testing grapes for harvest readiness

We are into the thick of grape harvest at the moment, but first a little look at how we begin our harvest planning for our grapes. How do we get grapes from here… to the winery that will make them into wonderful Texas wine? First we use either a basic...
Busy around the winery

Busy around the winery

Harvest is upon us. I wanted to run around and take pictures of grapes like these Viognier. But the day got away from me. Where did it go? I did get the pony-tail crew to the four-wheelers and the fields. At least the ones still young enough that I drive around, and...