Join us creating a low-impact sustainably farmed fruit and wine project in the Texas Davis Mountains, USA


United States


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    We are the newest winery in the Texas Davis Mountains AVA (American Viticultural Area), a high-elevation mountainous part of the Big Bend region near Marfa. Our mission is to produce exciting and authentic wines of place using our own sustainably farmed fruit in a low-impact operation from start to finish.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Our workawayers get to enjoy high mountain sunshine, cool nights, brilliant stars and awe-inspiring thunderstorms. In addition I can teach a great deal of the process of winemaking and grape farming, depending on the time of the year. I've also created a lot of sourdough acolytes over the years.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    The work is varied, but may include planting, pruning, harvesting, winemaking, cleaning and pouring wine for visitors. We spend a lot of time in the early spring cutting pieces off of our dormant vines to use for starting new vines. These will be rooted and put in the field later in the spring. Mid spring, we spend almost all of our work time pruning our vines so that they will give us a crop. As summer rolls around we begin to tuck shoots into wires and thin out the foliage so that our crop level will be consistent with quality wine. During this time we also do a lot of work training the new vines up to the wire trellis.

    In fall we harvest the fruit by cutting the clusters from the vine and dropping them into plastic boxes called harvest lugs. This fruit will then be made into wine, sometimes by stomping the clusters by foot.

    Throughout the growing season we will have our tasting room open, so I may ask helpers to assist with pouring wine.

    All workers helping with our winery and vineyard activities will receive no less than minimum wage and must have authorization to work in the USA.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Large shared room with 5 beds, hostel-style, above the wine production area with bathroom and kitchen and living space downstairs. The sleeping area has two wings, and some of it can be separated by curtains for privacy, but it's still just one room, so everyone helping here shares the same space. Host resides in a separate structure.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    25 hours per week

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Host ref number: 841844988921