The wide open plains of West Texas combined with a dry and dry climate offer the perfect environment for growing vines. In fact, Lubbock is the leading grape producer in Texas, with more than 80% grown on the Texas High Plains AVA. It offers wine drinkers of all levels a real wine experience down to the glass. An ideal networking opportunity after a day full of meetings and breaks, fill your evenings with tastings from the leading wineries in the region.
With award-winning bottles in both downtown Burklee Hill Vineyards and McPherson Cellars, and just outside the city limits at Llano Estacado Winery and English Newsom Cellars, start a happy hour with the impressive Lubbock wine scene.
Throughout the year, visitors will experience the unforgettable taste of Texas High Plains with each tasting sip, but below you will want to enter five festivals on your calendar that you must not miss! From delicious red, refreshing white and sweet blends, there is something that will satisfy all sweet tongues from beginners to experienced wine drinkers.
Lubbock Uncorked, a tribute to West Texas wines, highlights wines made from grapes grown right here on the Texas High Plains, along with wine tastings from across the state of Lone Star. Every November, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce works with the American Windmill Museum to host an authentic Texas wine experience at the world’s largest windmill museum. With live local music and local food trucks, this festival celebrates all that is loved by the wine industry throughout Texas!
On Llano Estacado Winery, the question is: is there a better connection than refreshing, sweet sangria with spicy and fresh salsa? One afternoon at the Salsa and Sangria Festival will make you distrust. Thanks to tough competition, local taco trucks and live music, participants from across the region head 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 that Lubbock is known for, and this festival is a great way to experience both while you’re here. In June, local potters from LHUCA, a local art gallery based in central Lubbock, showcase their work at the Llano Estacado Winery. Enjoy a glass of wine while browsing handmade parts!
When the vines ripen for harvest in October, “Hub City” celebrates Grape Day! This event is an ideal opportunity to expand your taste buds and try new varieties, as wines are sold as a taste bud or glass. There is also plenty of fun for the whole family with art stalls, wine tours and food trucks. In addition, you will receive your own wine glass as a souvenir so that you can continue the celebration at home.
In April, wineries and breweries from across the state will gather at McPherson Cellars in Lubbock’s Depot Entertainment District to taste West Texas wine and hops. Whether you are planning a weekend with a girl or a romantic getaway with your sweetheart, this event has something for everyone. With local vendors, live music and a concert at the end of the night, the Texas Wine, Hops & Shops event is a must-see.
We hope to see you at these Lubbock wine festivals this year. Do not forget to share your favorite Lubbock wines with us on social networks using #LiveLoveLubbock. To find out more upcoming wine events, click here.