BROWNFIELD, TX (KCBD) - The sixth annual Grape Capital of Texas Vineyard Festival is just a few weeks away, and organizers have new events planned to make this year better than ever.
"The majority of vineyards and grapes grown in Texas are actually grown here in Terry County," Loraina Valencia, said.
With more than 3,000 acres of grapes, Terry County is the official Grape Capital of Texas - a title it takes seriously.
"It's a big deal and we want to promote that. We do that through our festival," Valencia said.
For the sixth year, the Grape Capital of Texas Vineyard Festival has worked to not only provide entertainment but to promote local wineries that use these grapes.
"There is so much interest in Texas wine. It's an industry we want to continue to grow. We have seen growth with more vineyards and wineries, but we still have room for improvement," Valencia said.
One of the featured vendors is Farmhouse Vineyards.
"Social media and the internet has given a face to the farmer and family. I think Texas loves vineyards because it's Jesus' first miracle," Katy Jane Seaton, co-owner, said.
Seaton credits their success to the conditions on the South Plains.
"The soil here is fantastic. Combined also with the cool nights and warm, sunny days, along with great airflow for the canopy, it lines up fantastic growing conditions," Seaton said. "It starts right here in the vineyards. It's a living, breathing product that can fail you in the bottle, but it's farming at the core."
It's a labor of love that all happens right here on the South Plains.
"We all have the same idea to make Brownfield a better place," Valencia said. "The people from here, the people moving in here with a vision, and the sky above and the dirt below," said Seaton.
This year's festival runs from August 3rd through 4th with the food and wine event on Friday at 2149 Tahoka Road, and vineyard tours on Saturday at the same location. Tickets are $45 for each day. You can buy tickets online or by phone through the Brownfield Chamber of Commerce.