In August 2000, Zin Valle Vineyards was “born” when the Poulos family purchased ten acres of land in Canutillo, Texas within the Mesilla Valley Appellation. The northern most acres were prepared for Zinfandel wine grapes, the name Rising Star was registered and the dream of an El Paso vineyard became a reality.
More than 100 tons of sandy soil, mixed for optimum grape production was brought in. The existing soil was removed down to native sandy loam, which was at least 3 feet deep and replaced with the new sandy soil in rows. A specialized drip irrigation system was installed. The Poulos family went to the expense of a cordon trellis system for supporting and training the grape vines. While the system is expensive to establish and maintain, it results in quality fruit.