Yes, growing grapes is farming, and most people I have met farmed other crops before they took up a vineyard. But there’s something very different about this sort of agriculture and its product, and certainly something special about it in Texas. In one word: relationships.
I recently attended a grape growers meal held by Becker Vineyards. They invited all the people who grow their grapes to dinner, then paired single vineyard wines with each course. As the food came to the table, the grape growers from that specific vineyard were asked to stand and share something about that year’s harvest, or about that particular grape, or a story. It was so intimate.
Touring the different vineyards in Lubbock, it began to dawn on me how different growing wine grapes is from growing, say, cucumbers, which many of the farmers in that region have done. For one, as Jet Wilmeth of…
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