July 15, 2011
FORT DAVIS Bob Cottle’s business is one of the few in agriculture that welcomes droughts.
His Brenham-based Pleasant Hill Winery is able to control irrigation on its vineyard near Fort Davis when rain doesn’t fall. The drip irrigation system, which uses well water, allows the winery to determine how much water to use.
Tim H. Dodd, director of Texas Tech University’s Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute,
said the Big Bend is a good region for growing grapes, but it can be tough to irrigate
“It has a good climate, but you have to make sure you have a good supply line of water,” he said. “The lack of irrigation in a lot of that area is a problem.”