Sangiovese Two-Ways: A Texas Terroir Tasting (Texas High Plains vs Hill Country)

If you were in France and talked terroir with winegrowers there – for example in Burgundy, Wedding Oak Winery Winemaker Seth Urbanek says, “They will tell you that Pinot Noir at the top of the hill behaves differently, grows differently and will make a different wine than Pinot Noir grown in the same vineyard at the bottom of the hill. I think that we are at a really cool moment in the Texas wine scene where we are able to explore what Texas terroir really is.”

This is how Urbanek started his virtual wine tasting on Zoom that featured two wines made from the same grape – Sangiovese – made by the same winemaker (Seth) but from grapes grown in two different Texas regions: Texas High Plains and in the Texas Hill Country AVAs (American Viticultural Areas). 

Seth Urbanek – Wedding Oak Winemaker and Texas Terroirist.

As you might know, the Texas High Plains AVA surrounds the Texas panhandle city of Lubbock. This region containes the center of Texas grape growing that is about an hour south of Lubbock in Terry County. This region is where about 70% of Texas wine grapes are grown. In contrast, the Texas Hill

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