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A leader in the art of Texan wine, the Llano Estacado Winery was one of the leaders in growing the wine industry in the western Texas area. The Winery started as a facility for producing wine in which local farmers could experiment, and soon grew into a vineyard in 1978. Significant events in the Winery's history include winning a Double Gold award at the San Francisco Fair Wine Competition and convincing professionals from major players in other wine-making areas to relocate to Texas. And wine in Texas does work! The Llano Estacado Winery sells its products all over the world.
Although not traditionally known as a state filled with wineries, Texas does house a few quality vineyards, one of them being the Cap Rock Winery. Winner of quite a few awards within Texas, the winery has enlisted the help of some expert winemakers and quality equipment. Tastings are available, and their wine is sold all over Texas. The facilities is often rented out for weddings and parties, and the space can be reserved for as small an amount of time as two hours.
Red and white wine are made with care at the Pheasant Ridge Winery located just outside Lubbock. The vineyard was planted in 1979 and is one of the oldest and most respected in the Texas High Plains area. Each year the winery produces around 10,000 cases for people all over the world to enjoy. The types of wines produced are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Semillon. The quality is apparent by the awards won which are listed on their website and the grapes are all harvested by hand. Tours of the winery are free.