When it comes to varietals, Texas is shifting from growing grapes that fit the fad to growing grapes that fit the landscape. Some varietals smitten with the climate include: Montepulciano, Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Albarino. For those who enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, Texas offers a few wines to match. For a Chardonnay, try a Viognier, and for a Pinot Noir, try a Cinsault.
Throughout the year, visitors can taste Texas wine at these six area wineries: McPherson Cellars, Llano Estacado Winery, Trilogy Cellars, CapRock Winery, Pheasant Ridge Winery and La Diosa Cellars. Each tasting room offers guests a distinct experience and insight into the largest viticulture area in the state.
Also, it’s not uncommon for Lubbock to celebrate the industry with a festival, or five. Llano Estacado Winery, the first winery in Texas to open after Prohibition, hosts Grape Day, Wine & Chocolate Fantasia, Wine & Clay Festival and Salsa & Sangria Fest. The area also celebrates the fruits of its labor at Lubbock Uncorked with local wineries and wineries from across the Lone Star State.
A true hidden gem, Texas wine is budding, and visitors are raising a glass to the High Plains.
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