Continuing our series about Texas Terroir, I am now addressing what might be the most important factor of all, the soils. Continue reading
Last month we talked about the adaptive capacity that grapes have to hot weather by means of triggering Heat Shock Genes which generate certain proteins which make the plants able to not only withstand the heat but to succeed under it. Continue reading
As a winemaker for 20 years in Chile, I was on my way last August to become the Director of Winemaking for Fall Creek Vineyards. The minute I got off the plane in Austin, I immediately thought Texas weather was just too hot for growing high quality wine grapes; it was something like 100ºF. Continue reading
This red variety is the result of a cross between an American Vitis aestivalis and an unknown Vitis vinifera variety, or European variety if I may. A comprehensive and well documented research about its history can be found in Fairheaven Vineyards website. Continue reading
Texas has been producing good wine for quite some time now, with good paradigms established. Now, we are stepping up to the next level, making great and memorable wines. And our recently release 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is an example that enlightens the way. Continue reading
It’s good to remember that vines have been growing by themselves a very long time before man discovered how wonderful fermented berry juice tasted. Long before the trellising of poles and wires the vines made use of other trees and their branches to climb their way to the sun lighted perimeter of the forests where they could get more energy than in the shade. Continue reading
Winemakers are much like pilots, as we both are people who have to be aware of the weather. Staying on top of weather conditions may not be a matter of human life-survival, but it will be an important aid in making the best decisions to benefit the coming grape season.
Post Fall Creek Vineyards’ harvest and crush, two main procedures follow at the winery: the process of malolactic fermentation on every red wine and the process of filling barrels with wine that deserves them.
Another harvest season has ended, and finally we have some time to put the year-round of hard work into perspective. Since plants behave according to weather patterns, we have to look back to the beginning of the current season and check the weather data in order to have a broader view of this harvest.