Texas High Plains
The Texas High Plains is the second largest AVA in Texas and third largest in the U.S. with a total area of approximately eight million acres. It rises above the Cap Rock Escarpment to an elevation between 3,000-4,000 ft, in west Texas. The lofty elevation combined with low annual precipitation creates a favorable climate with relatively cool night temperatures during fruit ripening.

Irrigation is a must in this large appellation located in the Texas Panhandle, as the climate is very dry, though vineyards benefit from cooling winds. Vignerons depend on the subterranean Ogallala Aquifer, which spans almost the entire area underneath very well-drained soils.

There are approximately 3,500 acres of vineyards, with a growing interest in viticulture and a growing number of prestigous awards to back the promotional image of the appellation. Both vinifera and hybrids have been made into quality wines in this appellation since the first commercial winery opened its doors in 1976. (Wine/Appellations)