Source: AgriLife Today
Altus Koegelenberg, owner and operator of Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard and Winery in Harleton, planted his first vine in 2005 when growing wine grapes in East Texas was a fledgling idea. In little more than a decade, he has expanded the vineyard to include seven varieties of grapes for 15 types of wines on 24 acres that produce 74 tons of wine grapes each year. Texas wine grapes and wines are gaining popularity and the state’s industry is “booming,” said Michael Cook, viticulture program specialist, Denton.
Cook and two fellow AgriLife Extension viticulture specialists held a field day, in East Texas, at Koegelenberg’s vineyard to discuss the difficulties of growing wine grapes in a hot, relatively wet region, where producers’ concerns range from sunburn and fungal diseases to deer and untimely rains.
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