Arts History Update on Wineries

6 Jan

Wineries in High Plains of Texas by David Cummins


Pheasant Ridge Winery 3507 E. CR 5700 Lubbock TX 79403-6962 drive I-27 north out of Lubbock take exit 14 and turn east on FM 1729 to winery’s sign and then turn south on CR 2600 to winery. Bill Gipson Sr is the owner who bought out the Cox family who started the vineyard and winery. Quotes from Gipson and his son are here basically he is telling us to pay $20 or more for his 2004 and older Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Texas wine matured in French oak casks for seven or more years if we want a wine that competes with the very best Napa Valley Calfornia Cabs. Annual wine production: 6,000 cases

McPherson Cellars Has a comfortable drop-in tasting room and gift shop, a wine club, and many activities at its Event Center in the building. Location is the retrofitted old Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in downtown Lubbock’s Depot District 1615 Texas Avenue. Kim McPherson tells us the new winery’s history and vision part of that history is that he was the first and longest serving winemaker at Cap*Rock Winery where he brought in medals and praise nationwide. January 2013 wine of the month is El Sueno 2010 [The Dream] a blend of Tempranillo (78%) Mataro (12%) Grenache (5%) and Syrah (5%). This is a Texas red wine retail $16 on sale $13.60, sure to please for a full-bodied red wine. Winemaker four course gourmet Dinner February 2 with Kim McPherson and his selected wine pairings $75 per person. Annual wine production perhaps 40,000 cases

Llano Estacado Winery 3426 E. FM 1585 (130th Street from Lubbock) Lubbock TX 79404 drive I-27 south of Lubbock and turn east on FM 1585 for 1.5 miles. Has events throughout the year such as an upcoming Wine & Chocolate Fantasia February 2-3, a partnership with Texas Chefs Association South Plains Chapter. Mark Hyman president and part owner provides his rationale Annual wine production 170,000 cases

Cap*Rock Winery Has a wine club, conducts gourmet tastings, gorgeous tasting room, outdoor patio music stage, hosts occasional standup comedy evenings. Website has pictures of vineyard growers from whom it purchases grapes locally 408 E. Woodrow Road Lubbock TX 79423 drive I-27 south of Lubbock to Woodrow Road and turn east, winery is in view to the south of Woodrow Road. Phillip Anderson is general manager at the winery and offers entertaining, informative and tasty introduction to wine classes. There is new ownership Catherine Bodenstedt of San Antonio and management at this winery after a 2009 – 2011 bankruptcy and elongated sale of assets process in an attempt to pay creditors. Annual wine production 85,000 cases

D*Vine Wine Kingsgate North, 4210 82nd Street, Ste 232, don’t know which wineries are its source(s) or which are Texas wineries. Hosts evening music wine and appetizer food events. phone 806-771-4886 to get on the mailing list for events.


Bar Z Wines FM Road 1541 seven miles south of Amarillo, east of Interstate Highway 27 on a map it looks like exit 113 from I-27 on to Winery Road might get you there. is an article in which owner Monty Dixon tells us his inspiration for making wine and his massive corrugated steel Quonset hut winery building. Annual wine production 1,400 cases


Homemade Wines 4555 E. University Street Ste A-7 Odessa


Texas Custom Wine Works will open for business March 2013 as the first custom wine grape crusher in Texas. It is located outside Brownfield in Terry County. It will ship grapes, ship crushed grapes, ship cask/vat wine, blend wine according to instructions from a winery, and generally serve as a resource for the burgeoning wine industry in Texas. Co-owners are Mike Sipowicz, Dusty Timmons and Dr. Steve Talcott. An article in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal is


A list of Texas Wineries is at and elsewhere in the state there are lodgings at some wineries, listed here and a bed and breakfast opportunity on a vineyard, Newsom Vineyards near Plains Texas.

Elsewhere in the state there are many winery visitation opportunities. South of Fort Worth at Burleson you will find Lost Oak Winery 2116 FM 731 with five acres of cultivated vineyards on the banks of Village Creek. Not far away is Sunset Winery 1535 South Burleson Boulevard where Birgit and Bruce are owners and will provide that guided tour that ends in the tasting room.

North of DFW Airport is Grapevine Texas. Why would it be named that? Cross Timbers Winery, Delaney Vineyards and Winery, Farina’s Winery, Homestead Winery, LaBuena Vida Vineyards, La Bodega Winery, and Su Vino Winery. Try the Sweetheart WineTrail February 9-10, 2013 or try New Vintage Wine Trail on April 13, 2013.

For touring southwest of Fort Worth off US Highway 67 on the road to Stephenville try Barking Rocks Winery in Granbury, Bluff Dale Vineyards in Bluff Dale, and if you drive past Stephenville halfway to Brownwood stop at Brennan Vineyards near Comanche.

In the Lampasas Texas area there are five wineries nearby, Texas Legato Winery and Pillar Bluff Vineyards at Lampasas, Fiesta Winery in Lometa, Alamosa Wine Cellars near Bend and Wedding Oak Winery in San Saba. etc. etc. etc.

If a label says the bottle contains a Texas wine, that means that the bottle has at least 75% of its wine that was made from crushing Texas-grown grapes. In the case of a small winery, Pheasant Ridge, it advertises that all of its wines are made from grapes grown on its own or contracted area vineyards and crushed on site. Thus they are all Texas wines. Many wineries located in Texas purchase grapes from out-of-state and also purchase vat wine made out-of-state with non-Texas grown grapes. The result is that not all wine produced at a Texas winery is Texas wine. Sometimes a blended wine will contain less than 75% wine from Texas-grown grapes, so it’s partially Texas wine but the label won’t say that. Still, some of the blended wines are excellent, expressing the art of the winemaker in knowing what and how much of each wine to blend in order to gain a smooth delicious ultimate wine.

The Texas High Plains wine grapes growing area information is here. More can be learned by contacting Ed Hellman, Professor of Viticulture and Extension Specialist, Texas AgriLife Extension, and Texas Tech University Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1102 East Farm to Market Road 1294, Lubbock TX 79403 phone 806-746-4038 e-mail Location is north of Preston Smith Lubbock International Airport where FM 1294 runs east of I-27 and the Research and Extension Center is on the south side of the road. Ed is a professor in the Texas Tech University Plant and Soil Sciences Department within the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources CASNR. He works with the Viticulture and Enology Program phone 746-6101 e-mail . Texas Winegrape Network Texas Enology Network Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute

2012 wine competitions in the lone star state are here



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