Texas Wine: Meet the Winemaker – Greg Bruni, Llano Estacado Winery

Texas Monthly - If we can get the education system set up, we’ll be giving our winemakers the technicians and educated workforce so that the work is done in a more scientific order. You have to have people that know how to make it, sell it, financially plan, and know the business model. We’re starting to see that with Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Grayson College. It’s only a matter of time before we’re up to speed with California.

Greg Bruni knows a thing or two about wine. A third generation winemaker from California with a degree from the University of California at Davis, and a diverse career in restoring and building California wineries, Bruni has dedicated both his technical know-how and his finely-tuned palate to the art of making good wine. In 1993, he and his wife decided to leave their life in the Santa Cruz mountains and explore a whole new challenge: Texas Wine. Bruni became the head winemaker for Llano Estacado Winery, an estate that was growing by leaps and bounds and having great success with grapes from the High Plains region of Texas.

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If we can get the education system set up, we’ll be giving our winemakers the technicians and educated workforce so that the work is done in a more scientific order. You have to have people that know how to make it, sell it, financially plan, and know the business model. We’re starting to see that with Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Grayson College. It’s only a matter of time before we’re up to speed with California.

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