May 21, 2009
Wine grapes have been grown in this region, bounded on the east by the Caprock Escarpment and the Texas-New Mexico border on the west, for more than 30 years. In the mid-1970s, a couple of professors at Texas Tech University planted the first vines. Since then, the region's wine culture has grown. Today several wineries are located in and around Lubbock, and farmers are looking to grapes as a complementary crop to their irrigated cotton acres.