North Louisiana’s premier winemaker, Landry Vineyards, has been going strong since its arrival in West Monroe more than a decade ago. Its history actually goes back a few years earlier, when Jeff and Libby Landry began growing grapes in the Northshore area town of Folsom in 1999. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the family relocated to the rolling hills of north Louisiana, and has turned the homegrown operation into a thriving 20-acre site that includes a winery, vineyards and a tasting room.
Wine lovers of all stripes will enjoy Landry Vineyards' offerings. Blanc Du Bois is a dry, light and fruity wine, similar to a Pinot Grigio, that pairs beautifully with Louisiana's legendary, flavorful cuisine. Blanc Du Bois Semi-Sweet, similar to a Riesling or White Zinfandel, is another wine made with Louisiana flavor in mind — paired with boiled crawfish in springtime, it's an unforgettable flavor. One other light and refreshing wine to try, also made with Blanc Du Bois grapes, is the LaScato Frizzante.
Landry Vineyards offers many more palate-pleasing wines. Try the winery's Rosé, the Port-style wine known as La. Heat and Crimson Cabernet.
Before your visit, be sure to check Landry Vineyards’ website for their concert schedule. The company hosts local classic rock and R&B artists to serenade wine lovers on the outdoor stage, making for an unforgettable afternoon among the vines.