New York Times- A Nation of Wineries

Texas: Wine vs. Weather
Economic impact $1.8 billion
Top varietals Black Spanish, Sangiovese, Tempranillo
In an area known for bulls and brisket, wine is a challenging business. Vineyards face disease, pests and a tumultuous growing season with hail, drought, thunderstorms and frost. In a tough year, some vintners have to buy grapes to ensure they can make wine.
In one of the earliest ventures, the cattle rancher Ed Auler and his wife, Susan, started Fall Creek Vineyards in 1975. Fall Creek is in Texas Hill Country, which has more than 20 percent of the state’s wineries. Source: www.texaswinetrail.com texas-hill-country-wineries

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