Our Town Brownfield: Reddy Vineyards
Reddy Vineyards, a driving force in Terry County Wine
BROWNFIELD, Texas (KCBD) - In 2015, Terry County was declared the “Grape Capital of Texas”. One reason is Reddy Vineyards, which can be found one mile east of town on U.S. 380. The company was founded in 1997 by Vijay Reddy, who still presides as the proprietor and CEO. In the last 26 years, a small beginning has become a major success.
“We started with five acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. Since that time, we’ve been adding acres every year,” Reddy said. “Right now, we have 360 acres between me and my sons acreage and we have 39 different varieties. These are all French varieties, Spanish ones, and all kinds.”
Vijay has a PhD in soil chemistry and has studied plant physiology. He’s also the perfect person to explain why Terry County is a great place to grow grapes.
“This High Plains, Southern Plains is a dry weather, and we have beautiful soils,” he said. “It’s a sandy-known type soil, not the heavy clay. The temperatures can go up to 90-95, but the humidity’s low. That’s what one criteria would require.”
The industry has seen exponential growth since Reddy started 26 years ago.
“When I started grapes here, there were only three other small vineyards, mostly 15 acres. But right now, in Terry County next to surrounding counties together, we may have 3,000 acres,” Reddy said.
“We have a full-fledged winery started five years ago, and we produce our own brand and they’re all over Texas,” Reddy said. “When we get our awards, ‘Best of the Class’, gold medals, silver medals, bronze medals, it’s a feeling like ‘Wow, we’ve done some excellent wines created here!’”
More information about the winery can be found at Reddyvineyards.com.
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