The wide-open plains of West Texas coupled with the dry, arid climate offers the perfect environment for wine grape growing. In fact, Lubbock is the leading producer of wine grapes in Texas with over 80% grown on the Texas High Plains AVA. This offers vino drinkers of all levels a true vine to glass experience. The ideal networking opportunity after a day of meetings and breakout sessions, fill your evenings with tastings from the premier wineries in the region.
With award-winning bottles poured both downtown at Burklee Hill Vineyards and McPherson Cellars, and just outside of city limits at Llano Estacado Winery and English Newsom Cellars, kick off happy hour with Lubbock’s impressive wine scene.
Throughout the year, visitors will experience the unforgettable taste of the Texas High Plains with every tasting sip, but you’ll want to mark on your calendar for the five can’t-miss festivals below! From delectable reds, refreshing whites and sweet blends, there is something to satisfy all palates from beginner to experienced wine drinker.
A tribute to West Texas wine, Lubbock Uncorked draws attention to the wines made with grapes grown right here on the Texas High Plains, along with tastings of vino from across the Lone Star State. Each November, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce partners with the American Windmill Museum to host an authentic Texas wine experience among the largest windmill museum in the world. With live local music and local food trucks, this festival celebrates everything to love about the wine industry across Texas!
At Llano Estacado Winery, the question stands: is there a better pairing than refreshing, sweet sangria with spicy and fresh salsa? One afternoon spent at the Salsa and Sangria Festival will have you believing not. With fierce competition, local taco trucks and live music, attendees from across the region make their way to Lubbock, Texas every August to taste and vote for their favorite dip. Tickets include three glasses of sangria and unlimited salsa tasting!
Wine and art are two things Lubbock is known for and this festival is a great way to experience both while you’re here. In June, local ceramicists from LHUCA, a local art gallery located in downtown Lubbock, showcase their work at Llano Estacado Winery. Enjoy a glass of wine while you browse through the handcrafted works!
When the vines are ripe for the harvest in October, the “Hub City” celebrates with Grape Day! This event is the perfect opportunity to expand your palate and try new varietals as wines are sold as a taste or by the glass. There’s also plenty of fun for the whole family with art booths, wine tours and food trucks. Plus, you’ll get your very own souvenir wine glass to continue the celebration at home.
In April, wineries and breweries from across the state will meet at McPherson Cellars in Lubbock’s Depot Entertainment District for a taste of West Texas vino and hops. Whether you’re planning a weekend with the girl’s or a romantic getaway with your significant other, this event has something for all people. With local vendors, live music and a concert to close the night, the Texas Wine, Hops & Shops event is one you won’t want to miss.
We hope to see you at these Lubbock wine festivals this year. Be sure to share your favorite Lubbock wines with us on social media using #LiveLoveLubbock. To discover other upcoming wine events, click here.
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