A Guide to West Texas Wine Country
The High Plains is gaining notoriety as wine country with nearly 90 percent of Texas’ wine grapes grown in the region. With more than seven area wineries and five annual wine festivals, West Texas is home to the vineyards, tasting rooms and award-winning wine for wine connoisseurs and amateurs alike.
For anyone looking to sample grapes of the Lone Star State in 2018, we’ve put together a West Texas wine guide. Don’t be fooled; while Texas is relatively “new” to grape-growing, we have plenty of gold medals up our sleeve.
Thanks to our warm, dry climate, the High Plains is ideal for growing certain varietals of wine grapes. Most notably, the climate is similar to central Spain, as such Spanish varietals like Tempranillo, Grenache, and Albarino flourish here. Italian grapes such as Sangiovese and Montepulciano as well as French varietals of Mataro, Shiraz and Viognier also grow right here in West Texas.
For a taste of the High Plains, visitors can stop by Llano Estacado Winery, McPherson Cellars, Pheasant Ridge Winery, CapRock Winery, La Diosa Cellars or The Wine Nest. Just a short 30-minute drive west of Lubbock will bring you to yet another winery, Trilogy Cellars.
For a tour of the local wineries, Lubbock Shuttle Wine Trips provides a range of excursions for you to choose from. Opt for the hop-on/hop-off tours on Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings and afternoons to visit several wineries on your own schedule. Meanwhile, West Texas Wine Tours takes you on a six to seven-hour adventure to three of Lubbock’s six wineries in a plush limousine with snacks provided between each stop.
Whether you prefer McPherson Cellars’ 2015 Albarino, Llano Estacado Winery’s 2015 THP Montepulciano or CapRock Winery’s 2015 Estate Malbec, the region offers an array of award-winning wines to treat any palate.
There’s never a better time to sample wine than at a wine festival! Try a variety of wines grown here in the High Plains during one of five annual wine festivals in the “Hub City.” The first wine festival of the year celebrates everyone’s favorite pairing: wine and chocolate. Llano Estacado Winery hosts Wine & Chocolate Fantasia in February, and features sculptures made from chocolate along with wine tastings. Next, sample an array of wines from the area at Lubbock Uncorked every April, check out Wine & Clay Festival at Llano Estacado Winery, and browse locally made art while sipping Texas wine in June. Finally, commemorate grape harvest day at Llano Estacado’s Grape Day in October.
Experience wine country for yourself the next time you visit Lubbock! Catch a direct flight from Austin, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Houston or Phoenix, and you’ll be here before you can say Napa. Share your favorite West Texas wine and travels with us using #LiveLoveLubbock.