Texas High Plains AVA
The Texas High Plains is the second largest AVA in Texas, comprising roughly 8 million acres in west Texas, including Lubbock and surrounding areas. The eastern border of the High Plains follows the 3,000 foot elevation contour line along the Caprock Escarpment, the steep transitional zone separating the High Plains from the lower plains to the east. Elevation within the Texas High Plains gradually increases from 3,000 feet at the edge of the Caprock Escarpment to about 4,100 feet in the northwest portion of the AVA. Grapes and wine have been produced in this region since the mid-1970's, and vineyards here have become a major grape supplier to wineries throughout the state.
Topsoils in the High Plains vary in depth, with several kinds of sand and sandy loam in the region over a calcareous subsoil. The climate is semi-arid, with average rainfall between 18 inches. Average high temperatures in the region vary between the low 50's in January to the mid 90's in July, with averages being warmer in the southeast and cooler to the northwest of the region.
High Plains Vineyards: