Wine Harvest Underway at Llano Estacado

From barrels to bottle, Lubbock's own Llano Estacado is as busy as ever despite last years harvest.
By Joshua Cole Little

LUBBOCK, TX--- From barrels to bottle, Lubbock's own Llano Estacado is as busy as ever despite last years harvest. 

"Of course 2013 was a little bit lower of a yeild than 2012 for instance. One of the things that we do that does help us is we kind of have a good future plan," says Mike Laughlin with Llano Estacado. 

After a slight scare from spring freezing in 2013, wine makers are pushing out bottles and releasing new wines. 

"If we can kind of guess that we're going to have a down year we will of course you know buy more grapes the year before things like that."

Most of the grapes are harvested in August, then crushed and ferment in tanks and barrels for 5 to 10 months-- or until its perfect. 

"Here at Llano we do a couple of special things we like to do some cold stablization which is going to enable it to survive cold temperatures we also like to do some sterile filtrations to make sure you know all of our costumers are getting this perfectly clear crystal glass of wine."

Today the winery gave us a peak of them bottling for 2013. When the machines get going, it can produce a bottle per second. 
And while they bottle, wine makers are already getting ready for next year. 

"A lot of what they do especially during this time of the year is get out into the vinyards and you kow see how did winter impact us... Essentially when its ready is what our wine makers say when that's done we're going to bottle it and start to serve it about two months after that."

Three new wines recently added to the Llano list. One of those being the Raider Sangiovese grown and produced right here. And part of the procedes go right back to Texas Tech. 

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