At the ACT Professional Development Conference we were given the opportunity to tour two local agricultural based operations, one being a denim factory and the other a winery.
We visited the Llano Winery located just outside of Lubbock, Texas. The Llano Winery has an on-site small three-acre vineyard and uses other local grapes to produce their wine varieties. The Llano Winery crushes between 700 and 800 tons of Texas grapes each year to produce their wine.
While at the winery we learned the process of making wine from start to finish. We visited the on-site vineyard where we saw empty vines, as February is not a growing season for the grapes. Following the vineyard, we saw where the grapes are collected and crushed and transferred to fermentation tanks. After leaving the fermentation tanks, the wine is placed in barrels to age. Although they were not bottling while we were there we were able to see the machines that bottle the wine and how the cork is placed in the bottle.
The visit was concluded with a wine tasting for those 21 and older within the group.