100% Texas Vineyards:
Lewis Estate Vineyard
In Spring of 2014 we planted our estate vineyard with three Portuguese varieties: Touriga Nacional , Tinto Cão and Arinto, and two French varieties: Alicanté Bouschet and Tannat. We chose these vines for their quick ripening time, and ability to handle our hot climate.
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, nutrient drips 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. Our vineyard continues to mature each year!
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, allowing the opportunity to see the changes over several vintages. For more information on these wines:
(Mason) Owned and operated by Robert and Dilek Parr. This cooler site produces Tempranillo, and delicate Mourvèdre, perfect for producing dry rosés.
Tio Pancho Vineyard
(Bend) Jim and Karen Johnson, founders of Alamosa Cellars, are considered to be among the first to plant in the Hill Country. With 20+ year old vines, it is a pleasure to produce wines from this iconic vineyard.
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) Andy Timmons established his first vineyard in 2006 and now owns and manages over 500 acres of grapes in the Texas High Plains AVA. His attention to detail in the vineyard make it easy to produce high-quality wines from these grapes.
La Pradera Vineyard
(Brownfield) A 200+ acre vineyard owned by Michael and Barbara Paddack and managed by Andy Timmons of Lost Draw Vineyards. Most notably, they are growing some killer Petite Sirah. We're pretty excited about it!
(Brownfield) Tony and Madonna Phillips planted this 20 acre vineyard located in Terry county. Touriga Nacional, Muscat Blanc, Roussanne, Cinsault, and Sangiovese are the varieties they chose for the site.
(Plains) In 1986 Neal Newsom and his wife, 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.
(Brownfield) Established in 2014, Lahey has quickly become the largest vineyard in Texas, with over 800 acres planted with 38 different varieties. The vineyard has 64 wind machines on-site to help raise the temperature of the vineyard during spring when freeze threatens the vines.