A day in the vineyard; The faces behind the grapes
Four thousand acres of wine grape vineyards call the high plains home. They produce more than 85% of the state's grapes every year. All this production and success wouldn't be possible without the men and women who work the vineyards from dawn til dusk.
Wine grape growing here in the south plains usually starts in February and ends in late October with harvest, during these nine months field workers carryout multiple tasks and make million dollar decisions.
"When you do anything in a vineyard, when you are pruning and what not you set the wood, for not only this vintage, but the one there after," said Katy Jane Seaton, co-owner of Farmhouse Vineyards "So if you are setting the wood for two years across 112 acres it's million dollars at stake and again it is not us who are making those cuts."
Some of these field workers at Farmhouse Vineyards have dedicated their lives to wine grape growing. They've worked anywhere from 2 to 20 years in this industry.
"Before I started working here, I didn't have much knowledge on wine grape growing," said Graciela Garcia, one of the field workers. "I honestly thought it was going to be tough work, but it is easy and entertaining work."
Seaton said her family may be the face of Farmhouse Vineyards, but it is her workers who deserve all the credit.
"Something I love about our team, and about the culture is the absolute pride, and loyalty that they have and the diligence with their work," said Seaton. "They know that and so they treat it as if it were their own and it is their work that makes the vintage that we all celebrate later on in a bottle."
Every vine has its fruit, these field workers say they hope their hard work will harvest a promising future for their families.