A Taste of the Texas High Plains

Jan 22, 2020
McKenna Dowdle

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A Taste of the Texas High Plains

Texas may not be what first comes to mind when one thinks of wine. As the producer of 90% of Texas wine grapes, the Texas High Plains has earned a place on the map when it comes to high-class reds, whites and blends. In fact, Lubbock is home to six award-winning wineries. We’ve scaled the wine bottles and marked the palate-pleasing varietals from beginners to wine connoisseurs. Regardless of your preference, try a glass of Texas High Plains wine and see why it's getting all the attention.

 

Texas Wine Co. - Church House Texas Moscato

510 US Hwy. 62/82 Meadow, TX | 806.530.0012

The Church House Texas Moscato embodies the unique varietal characteristics of the Texas Muscat grape including pear, peach, melon, honey and hibiscus. As you take your first sip, notice how the smooth, fruity sweetness coats your palate, followed by a crisp floral finish. From hobby to profession, small-town cotton farmer Andy Timmons is the winegrower and owner of Texas Wine Co. Pick up a bottle of Church House Texas Moscato today!

McPherson Cellars - Viognier

1615 Texas Ave. | 806.687.9463

With its silky texture and long citrusy finish, the Viognier has quickly become one of McPherson Cellars' trademark wines. Fermented entirely in stainless steel to accentuate the fruity nature of the grape, this light-bodied, dry wine highlights hints of honeysuckle and citrus in every glass. As you visit McPherson Cellars, relish in the history of Texas Wine, as it was founded by the founder and pioneer of the modern Texas wine industry, Doc Mcpherson, himself. Owner and Winemaker Kim McPherson has beautifully restored the historic Coca-Cola Bottling Plant, located in Lubbock’s  Depot Entertainment District, into a world-class winery, winning over 600 awards in state, national and international competitions.

Pheasant Ridge Winery - Dry Chenin Blanc

3507 E. County Rd. 5700 | 806.746.6033

This Dry Chenin Blanc is grown from one of the oldest Chenin Blanc vines in the state of Texas. Notice the featured notes of crisp lemon and green apple paired with hints of honey in the finish, giving it a youthful, refreshing taste.

Since 1973, this West Texas winery has been owned by the experienced Bobby Cox. His respected past with an extensive exploration of the vineyards of California and France convinced him that the High Plains is one of the best regions for grape growing in the world. 

 

Farmhouse Vineyard - West Texas Revolution

702 Old Lamesa Rd. Brownfield, TX | 806.752.7377

 Farmhouse Vineyard's West Texas Revolution is a beautifully crafted blend with layers of depth that leave a rounded mouthfeel on the palate. The concentrated aromatics boast of summer flowers while the notes of black cherry and sweet cassis are balanced with the perfect amount of spice. As carefully crafted as their wine, the 112 acres of wine grapes are produced to perfection. With every sip of this Texas wine, those who enjoy a glass of Farmhouse Vineyard's grown grapes taste the Texas High Plains.

English Newsom Cellars - Rainy

408 E. Woodrow Rd. | 806.863.2704

The 100% Malbec rosé has a red berry aroma with a hint of grapefruit that is overcome by the taste of strawberry and cherry on the palate. This wine is as thoughtfully crafted as the label on the back. As the oldest winery in the region, English Newsom Cellars has mastered the art of winemaking. The picturesque grounds here are some of the most prestigious in Texas, and rival wineries in California, France and Italy. All of their wines are made exclusively with the Newsom Vineyards grapes, making one of a handful of wineries in the country that have full control of their product from how it’s grown in the vineyard to how it’s produced and bottled. 

 

Burklee Hill Vineyards - GSM 

1109 Broadway St. & 618 Ave. H. Levelland, Texas | 806.568.9463

The Burklee Hill Vineyards GSM blends the harmonizing varieties of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. Through an innovative clay-aging technique, this dry, red wine provides earthy tones and a complex structure. Owned by Chace and Elizabeth Hill, this winery provides unique flavors in each wine produced due to the differing desert elevations and sandy terroirs of the vineyard. To get an exclusive taste of Burklee Hill's rich-tasting wines, visit the recently opened tasting room on Broadway in downtown Lubbock.

Llano Estacado Winery - Cellar Reserve Tempranillo

3426 E. FM 1585 | 806.745.2258

Our Cellar Reserve Tempranillo is bold and rich with flavors of mocha, plum, cranberry, and vanilla. It possesses rich tannins displaying notes of red berries, plums, and Spanish cedar. Located just outside the city limits, Llano Estacado is not only Texas’ second oldest winery, but its wines have been enjoyed by both George W. Bush and Queen Elizabeth. Many of their world-class grapes are grown within a 100-mile radius of Lubbock, and the facility produces an impressive 1.7 million bottles of wine each year. Enjoy a glass and let Llano’s winemakers take you through each step of the winemaking process.

As you visit Lubbock, cheers to the High Plains AVA and share your favorite glass with us using #LiveLoveLubbock!