Grape Growing, Wine Making, and Harvest in the Texas High Plains
Five Facts About Harvest Season in the Texas High Plains AVA
1. High Elevation Advantage: The Texas High Plains’ elevated terrain, with vineyards situated at altitudes of 3,000 feet or more and Reddy Vineyards sits at 3,305 feet, offers a unique advantage. The altitude provides cooler nights and moderates the intense Texas heat, allowing for longer growing seasons and the development of complex flavors in the grapes. Reddy Vineyards is now the 2nd largest vineyard in Texas, spanning over three-hundred and fifty acres planted.
2. Varietal Diversity: The region boasts a wide range of grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Tempranillo, and Viognier. This diversity allows winemakers to craft a wide spectrum of wines, from robust reds to aromatic whites. Reddy Vineyards grows 38 varietals for their own wine labels, plus their Custom Crush program.
3. Texas Wine Renaissance: The Texas wine industry has experienced a renaissance in recent years, with an increasing number of wineries gaining recognition on the national and international stage. The Texas High Plains is a key player in this growth, contributing to the state’s reputation as a wine-producing powerhouse.
4. Sustainable Practices: Many vineyards in the Texas High Plains are committed to sustainable and organic farming practices. This not only ensures the health of the vineyard but also reflects the region’s dedication to producing high-quality wines with minimal environmental impact.
5. Harvest Festivals: The Texas High Plains hosts a variety of harvest festivals and events, where visitors can experience the excitement of grape picking, enjoy wine tastings, and savor local cuisine. These festivals are a wonderful way to immerse oneself in the region’s wine culture. Reddy Vineyards looks forward to participating again this season and is even hosting a charity run through the grapevines!