Joining KVUE in the studio to talk about how the hot, dry summer affected this year’s crop Saturday morning was Dave Reilly, a winemaker at the Duchman Family Winery.
Dave did a great job giving an update on the Texas wine harvest this year. Glad to be sending Viognier, Trebbiano, Dolcetto, and Vermentino to Duchman Family Winery!
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?
If it wouldn’t destroy our whole marketing and business plan, Reilly said, I would make trebbiano, vermentino, aglianico and montepulciano and call it a day. The Duchman Family Winery’s business plan, which also includes a very nice tempranillo – arguably Texas’ signature red grape – and a popular sweet dessert red called Canto Felice (“Happy Song”), among other well-chosen varietals, likely would have gone kaput a generation ago when timid Texas oenophiles rarely ventured beyond the narrow confines of chardonnay, cabernet and pinot noir. […] the future of winemaking in the Lone Star State hinges on making the right wines for the terroir, and the Duchmans’ Italian-accented lineup does exactly that.
“I mean, you go to the Binghams (whose Panhandle vineyards produce some of Texas’ most coveted grapes), ask them to plant dolcetto and they say, ‘What’s that?’ … “They’ll ask us, ‘Is it going to make good wine?’ and all we can say is, ‘Well, we think so.’ ”
Great job, Dave. You have definitely made good wine! We are excited that we will be sending Viognier, Dolcetto, Vermentino, Trebbiano, and Viognier grapes from our 2015 harvest to Duchman Winery in the coming weeks.
Make your plans for next Thursday night in Lubbock.
The 6th Annual Great Harvest Marketplace.
Thursday, August 27th, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bayer Museum of Agriculture,
1121 Canyon Lake Drive,
A farmers’ Market setting providing a taste of Lubbock & Texas
And Bingham Family Vineyards will be giving tastes, selling wine by the glass, and wine by the bottle. Or wine by the case if you want to stock up. Call our office 806-585-6616 if you want us to make sure that we bring enough of the wine you would like to purchase.