Another day of harvest…

  The harvester has been going just about all night, and it is still going this morning. This picture is of the harvester running on the 15th of this month. The rest of these pictures are a mixture from that date till today. The days have been a whirlwind, so you...

New big boy toys

We have been so busy that I can’t remember which new toys that I have showed you  and which ones I haven’t. It seems as though we have been working on concrete for weeks. Remember this photo. There was a little delay because of rain. Then back to work a few days...

Crush press machines

Well, the test results came back from the grapes that were sampled last Friday. No need to test again till this Friday. Now we can turn our interest to our new sorting and press machinery that we are putting in at our barn.   Concrete work was delayed by the rains...

First day of grape testing for the fall

Yesterday, we started the first day of testing all grapes, of all varieties, in all plots, in all of our vineyards. The time is finally here. At this time of year, some Texas vineyards in other parts of the state are already harvesting or even finished harvesting. For...

The vineyards are greening up after the much needed rains

Rain! We actually got some rain. We have received 3 to 4 inches of rain in 4 days. We are thankful to God for these much needed rains. Cliff was saying that it might actually be nice if it would not rain for a couple of weeks. Of course by then, we will be praying for...

Hail Update for the Vineyards

Yes, I said hail, not freeze. We seem to be so preoccupied with late spring freezes that we forget about the other hazards of growing grapes on the High Plains. Hail being one of them. During the last rain which we had on Sunday morning on the 25th, we had hail some...

Vineyards after the April freeze

These photos are a little late, but I thought I would still share them with you. These are our vineyards on May 12th. The vineyards were recovering from a freeze that occurred on April 15th, but were recovering well.   The leaves were a little damaged, but the...

New grape plantings and April freeze report

This dried tendril has nothing to do with new plantings or freeze damage, but I thought that it was rather beautiful and encouraging. Back to the thoughts at hand. This spring we planted 20 acres of Tempranillo and 10 acres of Trebbiano on the 24th and 25th of March....

Vineyard pruning

We have had a nice cold winter here on the High Plains of Texas for the grape vines to sleep through and to kill off harmful insects. But now it is spring! Time for pruning in the vineyards. Here is one of our vineyards last February. Sleeping away. Now in April, some...

The next chapter in the story

We were making plans to put in equipment and facilities to process the huge amount of wine grapes that we normally produce each year to send to our many wonderful winemaker friends and with the hope that we might start making some wine of our own. Then came the...