Yes, we grow our own grapes — all of them. We are one of only a hand full of Texas wineries that sell only 100% estate bottled wines. We currently own or manage over 200 acres of grapes in production in the Texas High Plains AVA.
We currently bottle six blends with at least one more planned. We then bottle thirteen of our varietal wines with plans for more in future harvests.
Cabernet Frac, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Dolcetto, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot, Ruby Cab, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo.
Albariño, Gewürztraminer, Malvasia Bianca, Marsanne, Moscato Giallo, Roussanne, Sémillon, Trebbiano, Chardonnay, Vermentino, and Viognier.
Our first vineyard planting was in the fall of 2003. We plant our vines four feet apart on rows spaced eight-feet apart. This gives us more plants per acre than many vineyards. This creates a better micro-climate increasing inter-plant competition helping promote lower vigor and helping keep the plants from getting too growthy. Because the vineyards are on eight-foot spacing, we have a smaller set of tractors and equipment to cultivate and maintain the vineyards than we use for our other row crops. We also utilize GPS-driven tractors to perfect the accuracy of our rows. In addition, we have developed a special planter, t-post driver, and plows to automate the installation of the planting and trellis system. We use a Gregoire harvester. In addition we have used an Oxbo mechanical pruner to allow pruning to be delayed and minimize hand pruning.
We grow grapes for our winery as well as for these excellent Texas wineries
Austin Winery, Becker Vineyards, Blue Lotus Winery, Brushy Creek Vineyards, Calais, Duchman Family Winery, Fiesta Winery, Flat Creek Estate, Hilmy Cellars, Houston Winery, Hye Meadow Winery, Infinity Monkey Theorem, Kuhlman Cellars, Landon Winery, Lost Oak Winery, McPherson Cellars, Messina Hof, O G Cellars, Pedernales Cellars, Singing Waters Vineyards, Spicewood Vineyards, Wedding Oak Winery, Woodrose Winery, Valley Mills Vineyards, Holy Archangels Greek Orthodox monastery
The Texas High Plains AVA (at 3,500 feet above sea level) has good soils, shallow sandy clay soils over a limestone base-caliche. The red soil drains quickly, which grapes like, and because the caliche keeps the roots shallow, the grower can control, through irrigation, how much water they get. Thirsty plants and low-vigor soil combine to produce abundant grapes and a leaf canopy that lets in the sun so the grapes ripen in brix.
Low rainfall and low humidity help limit vine disease problems, and cool nights improve the fruit’s quality. The biggest dangers to vineyards on the High Plains are late freezes in spring after bud break, hail, and winter damage to young plants.
L inks to some of the stories and articles about us can be found here:
- October 24, 2013, San-Antonio Express-News: Blake Bingham
- October 17, 2013, San-Antonio Express-News: Texas Winemakers profiles including Daniel Bingham
- September 22, 2013, The Brownfield News: Tour is “Grape” Success
- November/December 2012, Imbibe, Liquid Culture, by Jessica Dupuy: Born to Farm
- July 31, 2012, CBS News, by Karen Brown: Dust into Gold
- March 2010, Texas Co-op Power Magazine, by Jody Horton: Seeds of Change: Farmer Finds Niche , This PDF version of the same article has more pictures.