How Is This Year’s Grape Harvest Looking?

Last week, Jessica Dupuy put together an informative roundup for Texas Monthly on this year’s grape harvest. Though some vineyards experienced excellent quantities (namely, Messina Hof’s Bryan vineyards and the William Chris vineyards in Hye), many wineries are reporting lower-than-hoped-for yields but excellent qualities.

As with 2013, late spring freezes struck a number of the Texas Hill Country and Texas High Plains vineyards, but it appears that this year was kinder to the grapes compared to the trials and tribulations of last year. Some of the choice quotes making us very excited about the wines to come include:

“Other than the April freeze, everything has gone our way with the weather, and the great news is the quality is going to be astronomical. I can’t wait to try these wines when they’re ready.” – Neal Newsom, Newsom Vineyards

“I really wish there was more this year because the quality is off the charts. But this is Texas. We’ll take what we can get and do the best with what we have.” -Dave Reilly, Duchman Family Winery

“We’ve seen some great things in the Hill Country this year. We manage Round Mountain vineyards, and we were blown away by how good the fruit is. We just keep having good years here. I’m in love with the place. It’s only it’s fourth growing season, but it’s fun to see the hard work we’ve put into it really paying off. We have Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cao, and Tempranillo. I think this will be the best Touriga crop we’ve ever had.” – Doug Lewis, Lewis Wines

Be sure to click the link above to read the full roundup, to see what other prominent Texas wineries are forecasting.


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