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Riven Rock Ranch is a 200 plus-acre working farm and ranch in Kerr County, deep in the heart of Texas Hill Country. Still true to its 1800s agrarian origins, it has come a long way to meet the needs of today's multi-faceted sojourner. Wood-burning cook stoves have given way to gourmet ranges, outdoor gas grills and an outdoor wood-fired oven for use in cooking classes and other supervised cooking and social events. Old barns are still in use, but for the guest who hits the trail on wheels with his equine pardner in tow, a modern barn can provide full boarding facilities.
The ranch has also remained true to its primeval origins while keeping up with today's world. Plentiful natural habitat is still home to abundant deer and small creature wildlife, but some acreage is devoted to cultivation. There are over 100 acres dedicated to hay production. Produce from organic vegetable gardens, currently being planted at The Terrace Grill & Native Garden Center, will be available to the restaurant diners. A vineyard has been planted with over 1800 grape vines, primarily Tempranillo and Viognier, to supply grapes for the future winery. Olive trees are planted and plans to create some "olive-y" products from the future crop are being made. Flower gardens produce in-season flower arrangements and a greenhouse will provide replacement plants for the ranch's extensive landscaping. The Guadalupe River, always life-giving, now also provides irrigation, recreation and an idyllic setting for events.
But a ranch is more than land and stream. In big part, it is sky, and even that is updated. As brilliant sunset fades in favor of mystic moon shadows, night sky gazers have hilltop ringside viewing of stardust, shooting stars and those intriguing newcomers to the night sky, orbiting satellites.