100% Texas Vineyards:
Lewis Estate Vineyard
In Spring of 2014 we planted our estate vineyard with Touriga Nacional , Tinto Cão, Alicanté Bouschet, Tannat and Arinto.
Doug worked with Touriga and Tinto Cão while at Pedernales Cellars Estate vineyard, and quickly realized their potential for quality and the suitability to Hill Country terroir and climate. When Doug and Duncan started helping the Strickler's farm Round Mountain Vineyard in 2011, Touriga and Tinto Cão were already established and performing well.
After tasting Tannat wines from Tablas Creek in Paso Robles back in 2009, the interest in this obscure variety began to grow. Tannat is a Basque variety, grown in southwestern France and in Uruguay. Tannat has thick skins, lots of tannin, and high natural acidity making it ideal for Texas' rough growing conditions. Our grower, Jim Johnson from Tio Pancho Vineyards, and our friend Allan Fetty from Westcave Cellars, were the first two people to plant Tannat in the Hill Country, and the fruit from both vineyards have been very promising.
Alicanté Bouschet is a cross of Petit Bouschet and Grenache, and grown all over the wine world. It is an important variety in southern Portugal, most notably in Alentejo, and has thick skins and red-flesh, resulting in very dark colored wines, that are really useful for blending.
Arinto is a white grape grown all over Portugal, and maybe most well known from an area called Bucelas. Known for retaining high natural acidity, even in the hottest growing conditions prompted us to explore this little know variety. To our knowledge, there is only one or two other vineyards in the US farming Arinto.
Our philosophy is to cultivate our vineyard for top-quality fruit, while respectfully caring for the land that supports it. We rely mostly on compost teas, compost and cover crops to build healthy soil and combat depletion. Each vine is tended by hand and will be touched anywhere from 4-6 times per year, depending on the weather and vigor of the plants, not including netting and harvest. With just under 10 acres of vines, that's no small feat for our team.
In 2016 we pulled just enough fruit to produce the small-lot 2016 Estate Rosé. 2017's harvest was more bountiful, bringing in almost 5 tons, and will result in a couple new wines from the Estate.
We also work with the following vineyards:
Texas Hill Country AVA
The largest viticultural area in the state and the second largest in the United States, comprised of 58 different soil associations distributed over an area of approximately 9 million acres. This area sits on the Edwards plateau with many hills and steep canyons. The elevation ranges from 425 to 2,400 feet with the areas of lowest elevation in the south and north east end of the region. The major soil texture types in the hill country AVA include clay loam, clay, and sandy clay loam. (Texas A & M)
Round Mountain Vineyard
(Round Mountain) Established in 2006, this vineyard is farmed by the Strickler family. We've been proudly working alongside them since 2011 to produce high quality wines with respect for the land. The fruit from this unique site goes into our 'Round Mountain' wines, which is a collaboration between us and the Strickler family. For more information on these wines check out the link below or visit the tasting room.
(Grit, Mason County) Planted in 2006 by Robb and Dilek Parr, most of their vineyard is own-rooted in moderately deep sandstone soils. This cooler site produces fruit with more softness and natural acidity. We currently work with their Tempranillo, Mourvèdre, and Touriga Nacional. Their are young plantings of Graciano growing towards production in the near future.
Tio Pancho Vineyard
(Bend, San Saba County) Jim and Karen Johnson, founders of Alamosa Cellars, were the first to plant warmer-climate varieties like Tempranillo, Grenache, Syrah, Verdehlo, Graciano and Tannat in the Hill Country. Many of their vines are over 20 years old, planted in deep alluvial soils not far from the Colorado River.
Tallent Vineyards (Camp Air, Mason County) Planted in 2000 by Drew Tallent, with over 50 acres it is the largest vineyard in the Hill Country AVA. Moderately deep sandy clay loam soils. Drew farms Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon for us, the vines were planted in 2014 and 2015.
Enchanted Rock Vineyard (North of Fredericksburg, Gillespie County) Planted in 2015 by John and Susan Curtis, they currently grow Albariño for us.
Klein Vineyard Ranch (Henly, Blanco County) Planted in 2015, Dale and Becky Klein are farming Tempranillo and Mourvèdre for us. Their site is shallow and rocky, and planted at a very high elevation relative to the surrounding area.
High Plains AVA
The Texas High Plains is the second largest AVA in Texas and third largest in the U.S. with a total area of approximately 8 million acres. It rises above the Caprock Escarpment to an elevation between 3,000 to 4,000 feet, in west Texas. The lofty elevation combined with low annual precipitation creates a favorable climate with relatively cool night temperatures during fruit ripening. (Texas A & M)
Lost Draw Vineyards
(Brownfield, Terry County) Andy Timmons established his first vineyard in 2006 and now owns or manages over 175 acres of grapes in the High Plains AVA. His attention to detail in the vineyard, willingness to innovate, and desire to keep his winemakers happy makes him one of our favorite growers to work with. We currently source Mourvèdre and Tempranillo from Lost Draw.
La Pradera Vineyard
(Brownfield, Terry County) A 100+ acre vineyard owned by Michael and Barbara Paddack and farmed by Andy Timmons of Lost Draw Vineyards. They farm Mourvèdre, Cinsaut, Carignan and Tannat for us.
(Brownfield, Terry County) Tony and Madonna Phillips planted Touriga Nacional for us in 2015, our first source from the High Plains. They're also planting Mourvèdre, Chenin Blanc, and Graciano for us over the next few years. Tony and Madonna's attention to detail, work ethic, and willingness to learn have made them some of our favorite growers in the High Plains.
(Plains, Yoakum County) In 1986 Neil and Janice, along with his mother, Laverne, planted 5,000 Cabernet Sauvignon plants on five acres. Today, the family has 92 bearing acres, made up of several different varieties, including the original Cabernet Sauvignon plantings. We source Tempranillo, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot from the Newsoms.
(Brownfield, Terry County) Established in 2014, Lahey has quickly become the largest vineyard in Texas, with over 1100 acres planted with 38 different varieties. We currently source Chenin Blanc, Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Tinto Cão from Lahey.