Photo by Jay Janner / American-Statesman. Fall Creek Vineyards co-owner Susan Auler and winemaker Sergio Cuadra have added a new member to the Fall Creek winemaking team.

The Texas Hill Country’s oldest winery continues to draw in prestigious talent from around the world: this time, from Napa Valley.

Joining Fall Creek Vineyards’ co-owner Ed Auler and director of winemaking Sergio Cuadra on the wine-producing team is Philip Boyd Price, Jr., who hails from Brand Napa Valley, a winery that specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon. Price “has a great passion for crafting world-class wines and brings a wealth of experience to the vineyard,” according to a press release.

In addition to working under top winemakers like Philippe Melka, Price has a master’s degree in agriculture with a focus on enology and viticulture and has a lot of experience working with the grapes that do particularly well in Texas’ warm climate. He’ll work side by side with Cuadra when he comes to Texas next week.

Auler, who founded Fall Creek Vineyards in 1975 with his wife, Susan, is excited to have an additional hand around to grow the grapes and develop the wines at both of Fall Creek’s locations.

“We think Price will be an excellent addition to our FallCreek team, which has produced highly lauded Cabernet Sauvignon-blended wines,” Auler said in the press release. The winemakers look forward to collaborating with him “partly because of Phil’s experience with Brand’s Robert Parker-rated Cabernet Sauvignon wines.”

Fall Creek Vineyards has shown remarkable resilience over the years, despite the occasional difficulties of the fast-growing Texas wine industry. The Aulers brought Cuadra to the winery in 2013, who was lured from Chile’s vineyards by the promise of Texas’ hardy, drought-resistant grapes. He’s helped to bring the winery into the next chapter of Texas winemaking.

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