Brownfield Mayor’s Vineyard Gains Honors

CastanoPicThe Washington Post recently posted a list of their “Five all-American wines for the Fourth.”Among those wines was the Mc Pherson Albarino of Castano Prado Vineyards 2014. This was the only Texas wine named to this list. The Castano Prado Vineyards are located in Terry County and are owned by Tom and Linda Hessen and Tere Caswell. Tom Hess is Brownfield’s Mayor.

This was the only wine from Texas named to the list. The vineyard is six years old and is just outside the city limits on the east side of town. In its third year of existence, Castano Prado produced a whopping 250 pounds on 2 acres. This past year the vineyard produced several tons per acre on its now 8.5 acres.

”Tere stated of this honor, “We were surprised. It is always exciting to know someone appreciates a good Texas wine.”Tom, Linda and Tere got into Albarino simply because it was suggested to them as not much of this variety was being grown.

As soon as Kim McPherson heard of their vineyard, he immediately came down and wanted this very different Spanish variety. Castano Prado is now producing a Cinsault variety, as well. Tere stated, “This is a very deep red grape and is primarily used for blending because it adds such richness. However, this year McPherson will bottle the Cinsault as a straight variety because of that same richness of flavor.

Article Courtesy of The Brownfield News

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