May 11, 2011
LUBBOCK — The cooler temperatures that rolled in early last week surprised many Texans. While most simply threw on a sweater, grape growers in the Texas High Plains AVA were worried about damage to vines in early stages of bud break.
These growers, along with the early pioneers in the area, have spent the past decade researching and building a successful grape-growing industry in the Texas High Plains with the help of people such as Ed Hellman, who was happily working with pinot noir in Oregon before he moved to Texas to become a professor of viticulture in the Department of Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech University. Hellman saw a need for extension programs to help the industry along.