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...
Veraison has begun

Veraison has begun

Veraison is happening. So grape testing started today. Getting the four-wheelers ready, tool boxes, ziploc bags. The first row of grapes behind my children are Gewürztraminer. Here are the Gewürztraminer a little closer up. Later in the evening we had a group come out...
Rattlesnakes in the vineyard

Rattlesnakes in the vineyard

With all of the rain that we had had lately the grasses and weeds have grown tall and thick. Now that we are clearing those away, we have found a few uninvited guests. Yes, the evidence shows that it was a rattlesnake. Good thing that we found him before he found us....
New grape buds in spring

New grape buds in spring

After all the talk about how we were working towards our vines NOT budding out too early, we are so excited that now the time is here. Yes, last year we did still have long and hard freezing temperatures on May 5th, but this year the forecast looks like spring is here...