For the Grape Capital of Texas, the grape harvest of 2017 has all but come to a close. As you talk to grape growers, the one word that keeps cropping up is “outstanding.” The grape harvest truly was outstanding for most grape growers this year.

 When the hail came in the spring and appeared to have completely wiped out some vineyards, growers were not sure what to expect. As they stood and waited and watched as the summer progressed, many of them had their fears realized as they recognized that there would be no harvest for this year, but others were pleasantly surprised as the vines began to yield their fruit and a harvest was possible, even if it was a small harvest.

 The word overall for the damaged crops is that even though the quantity was missing, the quality was there in abundance. And for those who escaped the hailstorm, both quality and quantity were there. Over and over, growers talk about this year being the best one yet for Terry County grapes.

Mike Sipowicz, Director of Winemaking for Texas Custom Wine Works is excited with what they have seen. “This has been one of the best years ever for Terry County grapes. We ended up with some ‘Napa like weather’ during the hang-time on our grapes. It really made a difference.” 

TCWW will finish the year processing right around 500 tons of grapes. “We added 25 additional tanks this year and they are all full. It has been a good year,” stated Sipowicz.  It has been a good year at TCWW, or in Sipowicz words an “It has been an exceptional year.” Why not? After all, it is Terry County grapes!

Article Courtesy of Brownfield News

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