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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

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 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

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

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...

Spring buds on the vines

Just when you wonder if spring will ever be here. Just when you have gotten tired of my photos of barren vines. Here they are: Gewürztraminer buds And more Gewürztraminer buds.   And more dirt work going on around here. Putting finishing touches to the winery....

The vineyards in early spring

You only thought that the pictures in the last entry looked barren. Here are a few more from today. Some of the vines that I showed you pictures of yesterday were only in the process of being pruned. These vines represent the vines after pruning has been completed for...

Frostguards

This is just the kind of photo that Cliff doesn’t want me to show you, but… it looks just the way we want it to look this time of year in our vineyards in early spring. We still have the possibility of freezing weather in the month of March and even into...