Texas’ Grape Capital Celebrates 10th Annual Vineyard Festival
The South Plains is considered the land of the flat and home of the prairie dogs but hiding in plain sight is a hidden gem of a place called Terry County. Now everyone might be thinking what is so special about Terry County besides being home to Brownfield but the answer is...grapes.
Terry County was declared the Grape Capital of Texas back in 2015 by Governor Greg Abbott and is actually celebrating their 10th annual wine festival. The festival was originally known as Taste of Terry County and was one of the many ways to promote the Texas wine industry.
In an interview with KFYO News, Lorena Valencia, executive director of the Brownfield Chamber of Commerce, was able to tell us there are over 60 varieties of grapes grown in the 10,000 acres set aside for the growing of grapes in Terry County. The reason the grapes do so well she says is because of the soil, which is a sandy clay that drains very well with no chance of mold growth like other soils and are also watered through a drip irrigation system.
The Vineyard Festival is a two-day event on July 29th and 30th that does require a $45 ticket per day and includes live music from Jake Pyeatt, a silent auction and the opportunity to purchase wine by the glass or bottle. Saturday's event will feature a wine tour to two different vineyards with a wine tasting, catered dinner and music from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
Food is included with the ticket purchases but now you know. This is also the opportunity to try some San Francisco Wine Competition award-winning wines from Triple D Winery and Wilmeth-Hart Vineyards grown in the number one place in Texas to grow wine grapes.
The Vineyard Festival will be held at the Farmhouse Vineyards - The Armory, 101 W. Webb, Brownfield, Texas. Tickets for the event are $45 per day and can be purchased at the Brownfield Chamber and Visitor Center and you can look at the events Facebook page for any updates.