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'Grape Field Day' Produces Interest In Growing Wine Production In the South Plains

The Texas A&M AgriLife held a "Grape Field Day" at their vineyard where they do research on the grape industry.
By Melissa Adan

LUBBOCK, TX-- The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center hosted its first ever Grape Field Day on Thursday morning.

The event was held at the vineyard a quarter mile from Farm-to-Market 1294. Registration was $15 and was from 9 to 11 a.m.

"The kind of research that we are doing out here, a lot of that is focused on evaluating different grape varieties ones that perhaps aren't familiar to growers or consumers in this area," said Dr. Ed Hellman, AgriLife Extension viticulturist. "Perhaps, these could be better adapted to our hot climate."

These better suited wine grapes include Tempranillo and Vermentino, found in Southern France and Italy where there also is dry weather.

Additionally, Hellman said Albarino from Northern Spain, Trebbiano from Southern Italy and Roussanne from Southern France are also good examples of wine grapes to grow in the Texan panhandle.

If you have any questions or are interested in the grape industry e-mail Robert Scott from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at rj-scott@tamu.edu.

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