Rancho Loma Vineyards leases and manages approximately 15 acres of vineyards in the Texas High Plains AVA at Reddy Vineyards in Brownfield, Texas. We source additional grapes from Newsom Vineyard, also in the High Plains.
The region is one of Texas’ best microclimates and terroirs—growing some of the state’s emerging signature grapes. We source a number of varietals from the High Plains, including Albariño, Barbera, Marsanne, Merlot Montepulciano, Mourvèdre (Mataro), Orange Muscat, Rousanne, Sangiovese, Syrah, Tannat, Tempranillo and Viognier.
Ed Hellman, Ph.D., our Director of Viticulture, has designed RLV-specific protocols that limit yield, manage vine canopies and optimize varietal selection. Together, these approaches enable us to produce consistently delicious, award-winning wines.
We’ve planted an additional four-acre estate vineyard of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre on the grounds Rancho Loma. These vines—thriving in the rich Pedernales soil of Talpa, Texas—are nearing maturity and will be in production soon.
The Texas High Plains American Viticultural Area is the largest grape-growing AVA in Texas with climate and soil characteristics that create an ideal environment for high-quality grape production. The High Plains AVA has an elevation above 3,000 feet, well-drained sandy loam soils, underlying limestone formation, warm days and cool nights, and brilliant, sundrenched summers. All of these factors make the region one of Texas’ best for excellent grape development.