The Annual Terry County Grape Capital of Texas Vineyard Festival was held in Terry County and was a huge success. This event is always one that brings in folks from across the state and certainly adds to the population of Brownfield for a day or two!
The event kicked off at the Texas Red Wine Event Center in the heart of Reddy Vineyards. Fantastic food from a variety of restaurants was available and certainly wine tasting. Restaurants taking part were The Back 40 Grill, The Triple D Restaurant and Winery, Tencha’s Mexican Food, and Hippie Dippie Donuts.
Vineyards and wineries represented included Bingham Family Vineyards, Burklee Hill Vineyards, Landon Winery, Llano Estacado Winery, McPherson Cellars, The Triple D Winery, Texas Wine Company, and Farmhouse Vineyards.
No matter what variety your taste buds were hankering for, it was all right there for the asking. The food was excellent. The wine was wonderful. What more could a person want from an evening?
The Drake Hayes Band entertained throughout the evening and folks danced until the wee hours. Hayrides through the vineyard were also available.
Saturday was the big day and fun from start to finish. Tour buses greeted ticket holders at the Texas Red Wine Event Center for tour of local vineyards. With over 3,000 acres of wine grapes growing in Terry County, there was plenty to see.
Tour stops included Texas Custom Wine Works, La Pradera Vineyard, Farmhouse Vineyards – Whitehouse Parker, and Farmhouse Vineyards. The tour guides were full of information and the bus rides were loads of fun. The speakers at each venue were informative and entertaining with plenty of wine sampling taking place at each stop. Texas Custom Wine Works is always an interesting stop. Tour guests get to see the inner workings of what goes in to make the grapes into wine at TCWW and the wonderful grape aroma in the building is, in itself, intoxicating.
The buses made their way back to the Event Center, running a little late due to so much fun being had by all at the stops, but no one seemed to mind. A wonderful Shrimp Boil was awaiting when guests returned.
Texas Cadillac Jack provided entertainment for the evening for our boot scooting pleasure. A tribute to the late Buzz Timmons was also a part of the evening. Buzz was an integral part of getting the state designation of Grape Capital of Texas in place and was also key in starting the Annual Vineyard Festival. Buzz passed earlier this year and will not be easy to replace.
If you missed this year’s event, begin now to make plans for next year. You won’t be sorry!