Texas Hill Country Wineries raises over $34,000 for Grape Research

By on February 20, 2014 Texas Wine News

AUSTIN, TEXAS February 20, 2014 – Texas Hill Country Wineries raised over $34,000 for Texas A&M AgriLife  Extension Viticulture and Fruit Lab in 2013. The Growers Committee, comprised of 12 THCW members, Texas growers and A&M staff, hosted three Grower Field Day and Benefit Dinners last fall to provide education for existing, new and future Texas grape growers where all proceeds were donated to the lab in Fredericksburg. Three more events are planned for 2014 in anticipation of raising more funds for grape research.

Becker Vineyards will be host for the first Grower Field Day and Benefit Dinner, along with a Large Format Bottle Auction on Friday, February 28. Field Day education will focus on Beckers’ 20 year old vineyard, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly concluding with a comparative tasting of Becker wines from the older and newer vines, hosted by winemaker Jon Leahy. The evening will include a Texas Ranch Feast by Texas rancher and grape grower, Perini Ranch Steakhouse.

Each course will be perfectly paired with wines chosen from the Becker Vineyards collection by Dr. Becker himself. Guests will dine with Texas winery owners, winemakers and growers. A Live Auction of 10 large format bottles of Becker wines will conclude the event and add more to the funds donated to Texas A&M AgriLife.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture and Fruit Lab for continued research projects, education and the growth of the Texas Wine Industry. Sponsors of the event also include Hoover Valley Vineyards, Frost Bank and Captial Farm Credit.

The next Benefit Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, May 17 at Hye Meadow Winery. Dates and locations for the remaining Field Day and Dinner will be announced soon Grower Field Day:

http://texaswinetrail.com/store/item/grower-field-day-becker-vineyards

Benefit Dinner: http://texaswinetrail.com/store/item/texas-wine-benefit-dinner-at-becker-vineyards

Texas Hill Country Wineries | 2014

Four times a year, we plan special Wine Trails and Events to make your visits even more rewarding. The trails are self-guided driving tours, with wineries offering special tastings of newly released wines, demonstrations and tours. Some even pair wine and food (like wine and handmade chocolates for Valentine’s Day!). You’ll meet the winemakers and hear first-hand their enthusiasm for what they do. The trails are also a chance to enjoy legendary Hill Country musicians, artists, chefs and entertainers of all kinds. Other Events include trail Kick-off Tastings focusing on a smaller group of wineries in one location and Barrel Tastings where you get access to pre-released wines and time with owners and winemakers.

You’ll find more specific information on each trail and event, including dates and prices, under the “Wine Trails” and “Buy Tickets” tab on this site. Note that some wineries charge for tastings, must be notified of groups of 8 or more and have pet restrictions (just look for those icons on individual winery pages).

Please join us on a trail or at an event for an even better taste of the good life.

For additional information on Texas Hill Country Wineries, please visit www.TexasWineTrail.com

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