Alta Marfa

A Vineyard and Winery Estate in the Davis Mountains of West Texas.

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18. Holes...

Last weekend I tested out this Bobcat auger. I need to drill a hole roughly 9" wide and 10"-18" deep for each of the 7,250 vines to be planted in. The good news is that the auger powered through the rocky soil like a champ and was quite easy to control. The not-so-good news is that it is going to take foreeeeeeeever to drill all those holes. 

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17. I have officially driven a tractor...

(Ok, it wasn't technically a tractor) I was lucky enough to host Lynn Loomis and David Jalali, soil scientists from the USDA, at Alta Marfa for a second time recently, when they returned to describe and analyze the deeper strata of the soil at the vineyard site.

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1. Now it's real...

Today I signed a contract to purchase 10,875 grape vines for delivery in 2018. Prior to today, everything I have done in regards to this project has just been ideas. Today my adventure transitioned concretely into real life when I signed on the dotted line.

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