An adventure of music, children, grapes, and organic crops on the High Plains of Texas
“In the early 1970’s a new start was made with experimental plantings of vinifera and hybrid vines in the High Plains region at nearly 4,000 ft (1,200m) near Lubbock, at what would become Llano Estacado and Pheasant Ridge wineries. They chose well.
Despite the infinite exposure and dismal flatness of the region, its soil is deep, calcareous, and fertile, its sunshine brilliant, its nights cool (and its winters very cold). Abundant water from the Ogallala Aquifer feeds drip irrigation and helps offset extreme weather such as frost, hail, and high temperatures. Constant wind keeps disease at bay and helps cool the vineyards at night.”
The World Atlas of Wine, 7th ed.Hugh Johnson & Jancis Robinson