Fall Creek uses water from a well to water their grapes instead of pumping from Lake Buchanan. Despite the drought, the type of grapes they grow thrive in a drier climate.

Fall Creek uses water from a well to water their grapes instead of pumping from Lake Buchanan. Despite the drought, the type of grapes they grow thrive in a drier climate.

The vineyard cat, Cotton, is responsible for pest control on the winery grounds.  Cotton lounges around the tasting room.

The vineyard cat, Cotton, is responsible for pest control on the winery grounds. Cotton lounges around the tasting room.

Local realtor Sherry James prepares for a busy Saturday afternoon at Jesse James Realty. According to James, dropping property values in the area are creating a buyers’ market.

Local realtor Sherry James prepares for a busy Saturday afternoon at Jesse James Realty. According to James, dropping property values in the area are creating a buyers’ market.

Local residents Frank and Pat Veenstra share a bottle of Fall Creek’s Cabernet Sauvignon in the courtyard adjoining the tasting room.  Fall Creek sold 60,000 cases of wine last year.

Local residents Frank and Pat Veenstra share a bottle of Fall Creek’s Cabernet Sauvignon in the courtyard adjoining the tasting room. Fall Creek sold 60,000 cases of wine last year.

James Nobles, tasting room/office manager at Fall Creek Vineyards, tallies up an order for a customer. Nobles grew up on the winery.

James Nobles, tasting room/office manager at Fall Creek Vineyards, tallies up an order for a customer. Nobles grew up on the winery.

A boat ramp at LCRA Park outside of Tow is completely exposed. Tire tracks are present where people have driven from the boat ramp to the water.

A boat ramp at LCRA Park outside of Tow is completely exposed. Tire tracks are present where people have driven from the boat ramp to the water.

This carp is one of many fish skeletons left on the beach at Black Rock Park. Lake Buchanan and Buchanan Dam is visible in the background.

This carp is one of many fish skeletons left on the beach at Black Rock Park. Lake Buchanan and Buchanan Dam is visible in the background.

The water in Lake Buchanan is 26 feet below where it should be. These structures were once floating docks and this area was filled with water.

The water in Lake Buchanan is 26 feet below where it should be. These structures were once floating docks and this area was filled with water.

The tasting room at Fall Creek Winery boasts a variety of wine-related gifts. Awards and press clips are displayed on every wall.

The tasting room at Fall Creek Winery boasts a variety of wine-related gifts. Awards and press clips are displayed on every wall.

Ed and Susan Auler established the winery in 1975. Fall Creek is now one of the largest wineries in Texas.

Ed and Susan Auler established the winery in 1975. Fall Creek is now one of the largest wineries in Texas.

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