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New family-run Naca Valley vineyard has an East Texas flair

Earl "Buzz" and Wanda Mouton share the fruits of their labor at their Naca Valley Vineyard located on Farm Road 1878 in Nacogdoches County.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Earl "Buzz" and Wanda Mouton share the fruits of their labor at their Naca Valley Vineyard located on Farm Road 1878 in Nacogdoches County. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Buzz Mouton takes a walk in the vineyard where 600 grapevines are planted. They’ll be ready for production in about 2 years, so west Texas grapes and juices are used for Naca Valley wines. (Source: KTRE Staff) Buzz Mouton takes a walk in the vineyard where 600 grapevines are planted. They’ll be ready for production in about 2 years, so west Texas grapes and juices are used for Naca Valley wines. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Buzz Mouton closes up an oak barrel used to store wine for up to two years. (Source: KTRE Staff) Buzz Mouton closes up an oak barrel used to store wine for up to two years. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The Naca Valley Vineyard Tasting Room is decorated with crafts and handmade furniture made by several members of the Mouton family. (Source: KTRE Staff) The Naca Valley Vineyard Tasting Room is decorated with crafts and handmade furniture made by several members of the Mouton family. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

You may have heard of Napa Valley. It's in California where some of the world's best wines are produced.

Well, there's a new up and coming vineyard with a similar name, but located right here in Deep East Texas.

East Texas News got to go on a tour of the new Naca Valley Vineyard, found in eastern Nacogdoches County.

A family homestead became Naca Valley Vineyard in 2013 and co-owner Earl “Buzz” Mouton is still waiting for just the right time to harvest the East Texas grapes.

"I won’t see full production on a vine until the fifth year,” Buzz said.

Buzz is patient, but customers aren't. With the help of his wife, Wanda, and their children a Naca Valley Tasting Room will open later this summer.

Visitors will see Buzz's award-winning ribbons from winemaking competitions. Decor is a family affair from a brother's handmade furniture to a bar made from a 1930s desk once owned by Buzz's grandparents.

"Even has one of the old stains from an ink jar that had turned over,” Buzz said.

Wanda makes sure Naca Valley maintains an East Texas flair.

"So everything we do from our label to our design of our tasting room are related in some way to what's great about East Texas,” Wanda said.

"OK, so now we're getting into the actual winer,” Buzz said during the tour. “This is where the production takes place."

Actually Naca Valley wines begin in West Texas, where the Moutons travel to obtain their grapes and juices.

"We travel at night, so the juice can stay cool, and you don't get the Texas sun beating down on it,” Buzz said.

It's placed in large fermentation and wine storage tanks.

<Buzz Mouton-"This one is designed for red wines,” Buzz said. “It holds about 500 gallons. It takes about 10-15 days to ferment."

After that, it goes into oak barrels, where it's stored for up to two years.

All the while the stored wine is checked for clarity, tasted, tasted again and tasted again.

"What do you think?" Buzz asked.

Eventually the wine is placed in bottles, corked and prepared for sale for customers to say, “Bon appetit.”

As hard as they're working, the Moutons take time at the end of the day to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

The Moutons want to have the Naca Valley Tasting Room opened by the end of this summer.
 
The five-year business plan calls for a restaurant opening in 2018 and cabins for extended stays.

Their website will soon be launched.

Meanwhile, Naca Valley Wine can be purchased at the Nacogdoches Farmer's Market.

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