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Mixed Desires for Rain

Yes, our organic row crops are in need of rain, but we also need to test the grapes in our vineyards to see if they are ready for harvesting. Grape harvest looks like it will start earlier the year than it usually does.

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

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...

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...