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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.
Help in the house
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.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
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.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
25 hours per week
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