BIDC awards grant for tasting room

A local family with a long history in Terry County is eyeing the future and the Brownfield Industrial Development Corp. has agreed to help them. 

As the Grape Capital of Texas continues to grow and find its place in the state’s wine industry, the BIDC board heard that vision and voted to award Farmhouse Vineyards a $20,000 matching grant. 

 Farmhouse Vineyards, owned and operated by Nick and Katie Jane Seaton and Anthony and Traci Furgeson, will put the funds toward turning a long-standing home on the Old Lamesa Road into a Co-op tasting room and temporary living quarters for vineyard workers, wine experts, or winery owners visiting to view local crops. 

Katie Jane Seaton spoke before the board and said the future is bright for Brownfield’s vineyard industry. 

The family will convert the white Parker house into a multi-purpose space. 

“This old stucco white house is near and dear to our hearts,” she said. “It’s a funky little house that is full of history and as the vineyard matured around the house, it’s almost like it began to speak to us, regarding its renewed sense of purpose.” 

The group intends to offer the home’s main area as tasting space available to local vineyard owners who have their own wine labels. 

In addition to the house, a harvest pad and paved parking will be constructed, to allow the public to actively view work in the vineyard and harvest. 

  “We have found that people are very curious about the vineyards and they want to see what goes on, but most are not as accessible to the public as ours is,” she said. “We’re in town and on the road so we want to educate the community and invite them to see how this works. Imagine a long-standing production agricultural farm now becoming a beautiful place of respite just two blocks from our fantastic city pool.” 

BIDC board voted unanimously to award the $20,000 matching grant and encouraged Seaton to continue to promote Terry County’s grape industry. 

Article Courtesy of Brownfield News

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