Welcome to Newsom Vineyards in the Texas High Plains AVA! Newsom grows such extraordinary grapes that wineries all over Texas vie for them. The success of the vineyard has drawn media attention.  The National Public Radio, the Dallas Morning News, Texas Farm Bureau and many other well-known media outlets have interviewed Neal and Janice.  Links to some of the latest articles and video and audio clips are listed.

 

High Plains Trip – Day 3 – Wineries

Our day started in Plains at a pancake breakfast which Neal Newsom told us about. We arrived, met Neal, and got our delicious breakfast..

 

High Plains Trip – Day 4 – Newsom Vineyards

This day we were flying back to Houston. Since we needed to taste Nolan Newsom's cooking, the day started early with Neal and Nolan arriving at the bed and breakfast to prepare for breakfast..

 

Grape Expectations

Market prospects for Texas grape producers continue to sweeten as the penchant grows for fine wines from the Lone Star State. While winery numbers are at a record high, the number of high quality, grape producing acres in Texas has remained relatively flat...

 

Bending Branch Cabernet Sauvignon wins Double Gold

Bending Branch Winery is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a total of 11 medals, including a prestigious Double Gold, in the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition...

 

Texas's Dismal 2013 Grape Harvest

Summer is almost over, and while many of us are dealing with the new school year, celebrating the start of football season, or perhaps simply just wishing for cooler fall temperatures...

 

High Plains hijinx Part 2: How Ben Calais got grapes from Newsom

But first, there's a new face and a new vineyard in the Newsom Family Vineyards out in Plains. Grape growers Neal and Janice's son, Nolan...

 

Cotton-to-Wine Grape Transition Pays Off

High Plains farmers Neal and Janice Newsom traded a life of traditional Texas row crop agriculture for wine grape production...

 

High Cotton for Grape Growers

High Plains farmers are diversifying into grape production to supply the rapidly growing Texas wine industry...

 

Plains Family Going Strong in 20th Year of Top-Noth Wine Grape Operation

Janice Newsom tiptoes across the wet soil to a Cabernet Sauvignon grapevine. The recent rains had washed the vine's leaves, allowing vibrant green colors to stand out against a gray afternoon sky...

 

Dry Weather Good for South Plains Grapes

The grape and wine industry may benefit from what appears as one of the driest years on record in the South Plains...

 

Newsom Vineyards Looms Large in Texas Wines

From Appellation America: “If Texas had a Bordeaux-like list of first growth vineyards, Neal Newsom’s Texas High Plains appellation property would be listed as Superior First Growth...”

 

The Search for Texas Terroir on the High Plains

From Vintage Texas Wine Blog: “…At first glance from the plane window, this is flat land. To say “really flat” is an understatement...”

 

Texas High Plains Tour

From Vintage Texas Wine Blog: “Most wine producing regions have a cool body of water on their west coast...

 

Barking Rocks Winery: The Tasting

From Vintage Texas Wine Blog: ”While at (Barking Rocks Winery), I spied this bottle of the award winning 2002 Barking Rocks, Newsom Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon still sporting its gold medal. This must have been an omen of good tastes to come...

 

Grape Expectations

From Texas Farm Bureau Texas Agriculture: “As demand exceeds supply, grape growers in Texas see great potential...”

 

Grape Roundup

Video From America’s Heartland: Newsom’s Annual Grape Day was featured in this episode which aired on PBS...

 

Photo Gallery

From D Magazine on-line:  Photos of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vineyards as well as Orange Muscat and Sangiovese grapes are shown. A few pictures of the homestead area around the Rock’n-N Bed & Breakfast are included...

 

Wine Recommendation

From Appellation America: Wine Recommendation, Inwood Estates Vineyards,

2005 Tempranillo “Cornelious”, Newsome Vineyards.  “Winemaker Dan Gatlin buys his grapes from Newsom Vineyards in the High Plains, just off the New Mexico border.
Besides the fact that Newsom’s vineyard is amongst the best in the state, Gatlin believes...”

 

Plains family going strong in 20th year of top-notch wine grape operation

From LubbockOnline.com: “Janice Newsom tiptoes across the wet soil to a Cabernet Sauvignon grapevine. The recent rains had washed the vine's leaves, allowing vibrant green colors to stand out against a gray afternoon sky. She returns with a cluster...”

 

Neal Newsom's grapes are coveted by the top Texas wineries

From The Dallas Morning News: “…Unlike most growers in Texas, the Newsoms have no winery. They just grow grapes – the state's most sought-after grapes...”

 

Wines of Texas

Video From the Voices of Agriculture...

 

Grape Supply Dilemma

From Wines & Vines: Should Texas wineries pay higher local prices or buy from California?...”

 

The Smell of Cabernet in the Morning

From Vintage Texas Wine Blog: “It was an early morning today to get up and out on the road to visit three major Texas vineyards around the Lubbock area...

 

Texas Presses Ahead in Wine Production

Audio From NPR.org: “Texas now ranks among the country's top five states for number of wineries. The Lone Star state is as large as France...

Where Texas Wine Comes From, Part One: Newsom Vineyards
From the SideDish Blog, D Magazine:  "If you've drunk your fair share of Texas wine, chances are you've heard of Newsom Vineyards. Winemakers almost...