Cathedral Mountain Vineyard is planted in the high desert mountains, 18 miles south of Alpine, Texas. We chose this area for its relentless sun, cool nights, and mineral-rich, rocky, volcanic soil — conditions that are well suited to the Spanish and Rhone-inspired wines we wanted to grow. We planted 7,000 vines in April of 2004; the bulk of the vines are Tempranillo and Syrah, with some Grenache, Petite Sirah and Mourvédre for blending. We also have a fair amount of Cabernet Sauvignon and a bit of Cabernet Franc. The first crop was harvested in 2006. The powerful, savory, and rich wines made the wait worthwhile.