In the 1970’s, a group of close friends purchased a beautiful section of the Frio River Canyon, just south of Leakey, Texas. The Frio, one of the state’s most pristine and beautiful rivers, flows through the heart of the canyon. It’s clear, spring-fed waters provide the scenic backdrop and life source to the area’s diverse wildlife and habitat.
Along this spot in the Frio, once known simply as ‘The Place’, strong, lasting friendships blossomed. These friends, settled in the quaint and peaceful pecan bottom along the river, flourished as the families grew. Three generations — with the river as the main gathering hole — have come to call this very special place home.
One hot summer day, two of the friends sat in the river discussing one of their favorite hobbies-WINE! It was a common topic — they enjoyed sharing and comparing wines, saving the best of their personal collections to drink together.
On this afternoon the discussion moved to grape growing and the importance of superior grapes that ultimately result in the development of superior wines. They focused on a simple question, “Could we grow quality grapes and produce superior wine from the Frio Canyon in Texas Hill Country?” The friends agreed to take up the challenge with one condition — if the grapes didn’t produce superior wine, they would plow the field and never speak of the vineyard again.
In 2008, Frio Canyon Vineyard planted the four acres of grapes in pursuit of a single mission — to grow the highest quality grapes for superior estate wines from Texas. In the 11 years since, the vineyard has repeatedly produced award winning wines with Syrah blends. Frio Canyon Vineyard currently has just 10 acres under operation with four varieties in production.
Frio Canyon Vineyard owner Tim Leach and vineyard manager Craig Shook and their staff have researched, developed, and implemented an outstanding growth plan for the site. Frio Canyon, being a much smaller vineyard operation with only 10 production acres, can keep a “hands on” approach and knows each vine on an individual basis. This focused attention gives the growing team the ability to detect problems or issues developing within the vineyard quickly and allows time to adapt and/or modify the growth plan for each vine. This quality care is what has consistently produced quality grapes with relatively high yields for such young vines.