C  liff Bingham, a fourth generation farmer in Terry County, has been farming since an early age. Since 1992, Cliff and his wife, Betty have served as pioneers in the Texas organic cotton and peanut markets. They diversified their farming operations in 2003 by planting wine grape vines. Together with their children, the Binghams currently own or manage 200 acres of wine grapes in the Texas High Plains AVA growing 20 different grape varieties as well as their 2,500 acres of certified TDA organic row crops. They now have a winery for custom work as well as an award winning wine label of their own. Bingham Family Vineyards is one of only a handful of wineries in Texas producing 100% estate grown and estate bottled wines. They plan to continue selling grapes to their winery friends across the state who are also producing award winning wines. They have eleven children, home school, play music, love art, love life, and want to take care of God’s earth.   You can read more about the Binghams here and read what they are doing here in their journal

Photo credit to Artie Limmer, ArtieLimmer.com

ingham Family Vineyards wines are made at our winery facilities at our vineyards near Meadow, Texas.   AGBwinery-web All of our wines are produced with 100% Texas High Plains AVA fruit which we cultivate ourselves with care. This fruit includes some of the new and exciting varieties of grapes that are making their mark as “Texas” varieties such as Viognier and Tempranillo.The cultivation and care that we give our vineyards are what allows us to produce high quality, award winning wines. 14.08.16_BFV_035-web.jpg Construction going on. 14.08.22_vineyardharvest_050-web.jpg New equipment being moved in. 14.05.27_Vineyard_025web.jpg

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.

Red grapes

Cabernet Frac, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Dolcetto, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot, Ruby Cab, Sangiovese, and Tempranillo.

White grapes

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, CalaisDuchman Family Winery, Fiesta Winery, Flat Creek EstateHilmy Cellars, Houston WineryHye Meadow Winery, Infinity Monkey TheoremKuhlman Cellars, Landon Winery, Lost Oak WineryMcPherson Cellars, Messina HofO G CellarsPedernales Cellars, Singing Waters VineyardsSpicewood VineyardsWedding Oak Winery,  Woodrose Winery, Valley Mills VineyardsHoly Archangels Greek Orthodox monastery

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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.

 Cotton

Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative, Anvil Knitwear, Anvil – Track My T, Patagonia

Peanuts

Ready Roast

Sesame Seeds

Black-eyes Peas

Eden Foods

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