June 11, 2009
The Texas High Plains has 9 million acres that could be planted with grapes. Talk to some of the local farmers now growing everything from albariño to viognier, and you’ll wonder why the entire area isn’t completely covered with vines.
“Our soils are very well suited for vineyards,” said Ed Hellman, who teaches viticulture at Texas Tech University and Texas Agrilife Extension.
Not only that, the days are long and warm with contrasting cool nights, which helps grapes mature more slowly while developing needed acid and structure.
“A lot of sunlight means good color,” he said.