Reddy Vineyards was founded in 1997 by acclaimed viticulturist Dr. Vijay Reddy. His vast expertise in both soil chemistry and farming led to a gold medal-winning Cabernet Sauvignon with his first planting. His passion for the vineyard has determined a lifetime pursuit of perfecting and cultivating wine grapes.
From produce and grain in the lush terrain of South India to cotton and peanuts in the High Plains of West Texas, Dr. Reddy’s roots in farming lie deep within the agricultural community. A fifth-generation farmer, Dr. Reddy came to the U.S. in 1971 to pursue a graduate degree in soil and plant science and obtained a doctorate in 1975. Along with his wife Subada, Dr. Reddy established and ran a soil consulting laboratory while continuing to farm cotton and peanuts.
In 1997, after having discovered the premium quality of grapes from the Texas High Plains, Reddy planted the family’s first grape vines. Reddy Vineyards is now comprised of a constantly expanding 300+ acres planted with 38 different varietals, making it one of the most diverse vineyard in Texas.
The son of an immigrant cotton and peanut farmer with a PhD in soil and plant science, Akhil Reddy and his siblings visited the family farm outside of Lubbock, Texas regularly. They made the farm their playground, climbing tractors, making mud pies and roaming the fields together. Eventually, Akhil’s father, Dr. Vijay Reddy, put him to work in his newly planted vineyard in the Texas High Plains AVA, tying baby vines, learning how to drive a truck and working other jobs in the vineyard through high school. Along with becoming an Eagle Scout, Akhil grew very fond of the land and outdoors.
Akhil attended University of the Pacific in Stockton and San Francisco, California. It was in San Francisco that he experienced an immense culinary and wine culture. He graduated dental school at the early age of 23 and returned to Dallas, Texas in 2008 to start his practice. Always interested in wine, he became more involved in his father’s wine grape farming operations and finally joined his father as a business partner in 2009.
Wineries purchasing fruit from Reddy Vineyards began to win awards and national recognition for their wines and Akhil knew it was time to start crafting authentic, estate-grown wines under the family name to showcase the best of the plantings his father had cultivated for nearly two decades. “It became clear that we had an opportunity to showcase the quality of fruit from our own vineyard and create world-class wines that would make people notice our region,” he said. The first vintage of Reddy Vineyards estate wines was in 2015 winning best of class and double gold medals.
While still practicing dentistry, Akhil completed the UC Davis Wine Executive Program to help develop the winery’s strategic plan and drive operational efficiencies in the business. He then built a state-of-the-art winery, world class team, and a rare brand that exudes contemporary designs and the delicious complexity of Texas terroir. Akhil with his father has developed the leading Texas vineyard with one of the top boutique wineries in Texas. In 2022, Reddy Vineyards celebrates 25 years of farming and Akhil steps into his father’s shoes as CEO.
Akhil celebrated his marriage at the family vineyard and hopes his son Remy, who arrived during the 2019 harvest, might follow in his father and grandfather’s footsteps continuing the Reddy Vineyards’ family legacy of pioneering world-renowned fine wine from the Texas High Plains AVA.
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