One summer day while walking around the property the owner heard the word, “vineyard”. Were we to start a vineyard? Can we even plant a vineyard here? Do we have the right soil? What do we plant? What about water requirements? It was 2011 and we were in the middle of the worst drought in a hundred years. Our pond was drying up fast and by the end of that year we had lost all of our fish and it was bone dry. In spite of these ominous signs we decided to go ahead and by Thanksgiving Day of that year our vineyard was in. Fortunately it started to rain and the young vines were kept alive for our first growing season that started in March of the following year. Little did we know what we were getting into.
You know when vines start growing so do weeds. There is a constant battle between tending vines and weeding not to mention plant diseases and insects. And in East Texas we have a lot of everything. Just when the vines were starting to produce and the grapes were just getting ripe, the wild pigs found our red grapes and ate everyone of them. Almost decided to call one of our wines Hogs’ Breath for that reason but no one else thought that was a good idea. So sorry guys, no Hogs’ Breath wine – at least not yet.
There are more stories to tell, but you will have to stop by to hear them.