Hye Meadow Winery recently made an investment in the future of the Texas wine industry, planting just over three acres of grapevines in a 10 acre plot.
The new plantings includes primarily Tempranillo and Montepulciano vines, as well as a few Negro Amaro vines. The Italian varietals have adapted well to Texas and Hye Meadow Winery has received acclaim–and awards–for both their Tempranillo and their Montepulciano.
“Planting these grapes represents a commitment we’ve made to Texas wine,” Hye Meadow owner Mike Batek said. “Our family believes that the industry’s future in the state is bright.”
With Mother Nature’s cooperation, the new vines will produce some fruit next year, but it will be at least three years before that fruit makes it to a bottle. It will be three to five years before the vines are producing their optimum yields.
“Planting a vineyard is a long-term investment,” Denise Batek said. “We’re looking forward to watching the Texas wine industry grow–along with our grapevines.”
Located in the historic town of Hye along the popular stretch of Texas State Highway 290 known as Wine Road 290, Hye Meadow was founded in 2013. The family owned and operated winery produces more than 3,000 cases a year and offers a wide variety of varietals. “Our philosophy is ‘quench your curiosity’,” Batek said. “We hope people will visit and try wines that they might not otherwise have a chance to experience.”
The initial vineyard planting will be followed with Aglianico and Refosco (which will be the only vines of that varietal in the state) in 2016. “With 62 acres, we have plenty of room to expand the vineyard in the future,” he said.
Hye Meadow Winery is open for tasting six days a week. For more information, visit www.HyeMeadow.com or just stop in and say Hye!