Our first pick of the year was at Martins Vineyard on Aug. 12 & 13, when we hand-picked Chenin Blanc for a sparkling wine. Fruit for sparkling wines generally lead the season anywhere around the world to preserve freshness with lower sugar content & higher natural acids. This vineyard was planted in 1975 (one of the oldest plantings in the state) in Hockley County, Texas High Plains at 3400 ft. elevation on Fine Amarillo Sandy Loam, which is common in the area. 

We did a whole cluster press, and are so excited to see this wine through the process!

Sunrise picking at Martin’s Vineyard