Who doesn’t love a weekend festival that combines great music, fantastic food, friends and lasting memories? Couple that with local wine, and it can’t get much better. Lubbock is the proud host of five (and counting) fabulous wine festivals each year that bring together all of the characteristics above to one location. Here’s our quick guide to all things wine happening in Lubbock.
Wine & Chocolate Fantasia (February 2017)
Hosted by Llano Estacado Winery, the annual Wine & Chocolate Fantasia lets guests sample gourmet bites of chocolate paired with decadent Llano wine. An added bonus is the impressive gallery of chocolate sculptures up for viewing. Sounds like this is the perfect, dreamy palette of flavor wrapped into one magical event.
Wines & Vines Festival (May 2017)
Wineries from all over Texas come together at McPherson Cellars to provide an unparalleled tasting experience. Both festival days are full of wine, food trucks and live music. You also won’t want to miss the Hub City Master Chef competition, where Lubbock chefs will compete for the winning prize.
Wine & Clay Festival (June 2017)
Join Llano Estacado Winery to celebrate two great arts of the earth: wine and clay. Shop the handcrafted works of local clay guild artists while enjoying live music and dinner with a glass of Llano’s finest wine. Admission is free, and guests will also enjoy live music as the browse the art and wine selections.
Harvest Festival & Grape Crush (August 2016)
CapRock Winery celebrates the toast of West Texas with food, music, wine, family fun and a grape crush at this annual event. Bring family and friends so you can enjoy your own “I Love Lucy” moment at this fun festival.
Grape Day (October 23, 2016)
What’s the perfect way to ring in a good crop? The answer, of course, is with winery tours, art booths, football on the big screen and games for the kiddos all at Llano Estacado Winery. Five dollars grants you entry and one glass of wine in a souvenir glass. Want to taste others? Almost all of Llano’s wines are served by the glass at the event, so you can grab something you haven’t tasted yet.
While those are the bigger festivals held annually by Lubbock’s award-winning wineries, they also host smaller events scattered throughout the year. Be sure to keep up with all things wine at visitlubbock.org/wine.