Even with the holidays and visiting with family and friends, we have been running tractors to plow in compost to keep the fields fertile, doing end of the year book work and figures, making sure that irrigation is running well with no leaks and no broken lines, and now since we have added the winery to the list of things to get done, moving barrels and testing wine. As you can see our assistant wine maker, Daniel, is soooo hard at work that he hasn’t given me an update lately, but that is what I am going to encourage him to do. Talk him into giving us a regular update about what is going on at the winery. So we will see what we can come up with to share with you. Blessings, Betty
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 opportunity to purchase Pheasant Ridge Winery which is a highly respected High Plains winery and vineyard that our friends Bobby and Jennifer Cox started in 1979. The current owners were wanting to move on to other opportunities, so they decided to auction off the winery and vineyard.
Growth in the Past Ten Years
So, what have we been doing for the last ten years…
In early December of 2003, we planted our first wine grape vines. Here is a picture that Bobby Cox took of the four acres of Viognier in the ground. If you look close you can tell that only six rows have been watered in. The row watering took quite a bit of time and work. After this first planting, everyone started looking for ways to do the same precise workmanship, but with less physical work and time. Ten years later, on a good day, we can plant twenty acres.
Yesterday was the Terry County Soil & Water Conservation District annual farm tour. This organization and the farmers in our area value the conservation of our land and water. We hope to pass to our children and the next generation land that is in better condition that it was when it was entrusted to us for our stewardship. On the tour there were stops at one of our vineyards, Texas Custom Wine Works, and then the Terry County Museum. The tour ended with lunch at the First Baptist Church in Brownfield.
Cross Timbers Winery in Grapevine just hosted a gathering of winemakers and winegrowers from across the state of Texas for a working discussion time. I started out this post thinking of “thanking” Cross Timbers in some way for hosting the event yesterday. I didn’t get to make it to this meeting, but I am sure that it was a productive time. So… thank you Cross Timbers for hosting this event.