DALLAS, TX (March 30, 2020) – In response to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Texas winery Reddy Vineyards is once again leading the charge in the Texas wine industry by offering unique solutions to their customers.
Reddy Vineyards excitedly kicks-off a new program offering interactive and conversational virtual wine tastings via Instagram TV (IGTV) and Instagram Live videos. Lasting 30-45 minutes in length each, and hosted by Reddy Vineyards’ Chief Operating Officer, Eric Sigmund, the first Instagram Live virtual tasting will commence on Thursday, April 9th, with the time to be announced at a later date on Reddy Vineyards’ Instagram page at @reddyvineyards. To participate in this initial Instagram Live virtual tasting, participants will need to purchase the award-winning Reds COVID Survival Kit from ReddyVineyards.com. Participants can purchase the New Release COVID Survival Kit and view the pre-recorded virtual tasting at any time via IGTV on Reddy Vineyards’ Instagram page. For the Instagram Live specific tastings, Eric will be able to reply to comments and questions as they come in from viewers in real time.
With Easter just around the corner, wines from the first virtual tasting are ideal for sharing with family while celebrating at home. With both a springtime bestsellers tasting, featuring white and rosé wines, and a live award-winners tasting on the docket, wine enthusiasts are sure enjoy this state-of-the-art wine tasting from the comfort of their own homes.
In addition to these inventive strategies, Reddy Vineyards is now offering shipment of their wines to residents in California. California shoppers can explore offerings that they’re now able to receive at ReddyVineyards.com.
Reddy Vineyards also enthusiastically presents five new wines that are available online for purchase now:
March 2020 bottlings include:
2019 VMR White Blend; Varietals: Roussanne: 35%; Marsanne: 33%, Viognier: 32%
2019 Reserve Viognier/Marsanne; Varietals: 75% Viognier; 25% Marsanne
2018 M3 Red Blend; Varietals: Merlot 44%, Mourvèdre 32%, Malbec 24%
January 2020 releases:
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About Reddy Vineyards
Founded in 1997, Reddy Vineyards is a pioneer of the Texas wine industry. At 400 acres, Reddy Vineyards is one of the largest and most diverse, with 38 distinct varietals planted in the Texas High Plains winegrowing region. A fifth-generation farmer, Dr. Vijay Reddy holds a PhD in Plant and Soil Science and is regarded as one of the state’s leading viticulturists. Under the leadership of his son, Akhil Reddy, Reddy Vineyards also produces world-class wines and seeks to continue to raise the reputation of Texas as a national leader of premium wine production. Read more about the family’s story, iconic vineyards, and purchase Reddy Vineyards wines at reddyvineyards.com.
They say that everything is bigger in Texas. That certainly is true when it comes to the list of Vitis (grapevines) that are found in the state. Vitis is the genus of which there are 79 species of grapevines and in Texas there are 42 species—more than any other state in the country. Many of them are native to the state.
While all Vitis are grapevines, there are some species that do not produce any fruit, some that produce fruit for eating out of hand, and those that produce a grape perfect for winemaking. Examples of Vitis in Texas that are used to make wine are some of the most prolific grape varietals in Texas Hill Country, including Black Spanish and Blanc du Bois. These grapes are hybrids that were developed because they are more resistant to diseases, critical in a region where pests that harbor viruses like the devastating Pierce’s disease is a threat to vines.
The history of Texas wine grape varietals is key to understanding why there is such a vast collection of grapevines in the state. For non-native Vitis, the state’s grapevine history can be traced back to nearly 100 years before California planted its first vines, when Spanish missionaries traveled through Texas planting grapevines from Europe to make sacramental wines. Over the centuries since, the number of wine grapes grown in Texas expanded significantly, many of which are Vitis vinifera, the most common type of grapevines found in Spain, France, and Italy, and fine wine regions in the US like California, Oregon and Washington.
Today, more than 50 types of wine grape varieties in Texas are grown in the state’s five regions—about half of the number of wine grape varietals grown in California. The majority of the grapevines planted are Vitis vinifera and are concentrated in two of the state’s winegrowing regions. In fact, there are nearly as many wine grape varietals in Texas Hill Country and Texas High Plains than the other three regions combined according to the most recent report from the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS).
In the Texas Hill Country, there are just over 1,000 acres planted to grapevines with a mix of about 30 percent white grapes and 70 percent red. The USDA-NASS reported that the production was 1,321 tons of fruit, predominantly from six of the top 10 planted Texas grape varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and Merlot are three of the top four planted vines and the highest producing. Ranking third on the list for Texas wine grape varieties planted is Black Spanish, a grape that was grown initially because of its resistance to disease but is now used for port-style wines and in blends to add aroma and dark color.
In the Texas High Plains, Reddy Vineyards grows 38 Texas wine grape varieties, representing nearly all the Texas grape varieties found in that region. Region-wide there are approximately 3,100 acres planted to grapevines with a mix of just a little under 30 percent white and a little over 70 percent red grapes. NASS reported a production of 7,800 tons of fruit in 2017 in the region.
Similar to the mix of wine grape varietals in Texas Hill Country, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo are the top two grape varieties grown in the Texas High Plains and Panhandle regions. The third and fourth are Merlot and Mourvedre, grapes often used for blends. These top four Texas grape varieties are also the most productive in the region.
There are more than 4,500 planted acres of fruit-bearing vines throughout the state of Texas. The breakdown of red versus white grapes in the state as a whole is 30 percent white grapes and 70 percent red grapes. From the most popular to the least-known wine grapes grown in Texas, they each are important to the states wine production.
For Reddy Vineyards, the opportunity to grow such diverse grape varieties allows it to make its signature blends, including Reddy Vineyards TNT Red Blend, Reddy Vineyards The Dyer Red Blend, and Reddy Vineyards Field Blend. Additionally, Reddy Vineyards is able to make single varietal wines, such as Reddy Vineyards Marsanne and Sauvignon Blanc—all from estate fruit.
The wine landscape in Texas offers wine lovers a phenomenal selection of wines that are as large and unique as the state itself.