LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - English Newsom Cellars was among just five Texas wineries that garnered Best of Class recognition for its wines in North America’s largest wine competition, continuing the award-winning tradition of Lubbock wineries.
“Texas wines have fought an uphill battle getting to where they are," Partner and Chief of Operations Steve Newsom said."Again and again the grapes made into wines here in the Lubbock area are standing against the best in the world. It was more validation for the region than necessarily what we are doing here. It was exciting for us but it was huge benefit for our fellow wineries and fabulous for the Lubbock area.”
English Newsom Cellars, also known as Caprock Winery, had four wines take home Best of Class and Silver Medals in the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The grapes were grown in Lubbock, Hockley County and elsewhere on the Texas High Plains.
- 2017 Roussanne: Best in Class
- 2017 Flirt: Best in Class
- 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon: Silver
- 2017 Chateau Terre Rouge: Silver
The competition judged 6,800 wines from 1,123 wineries across the United States, as well as Canada and Mexico.
“It’s a big thing for Lubbock and the wines grown in the Lubbock area to be recognized in a competition in California,” Newsom said. “If you ask the wineries in California who they were going up against, it’s rare for them to mention Texas. That was a big deal to us to show up on the scene, and not just us. There were other Texas wineries that did incredible.”
According to Lubbock’s Llano Estacado Winery, it has also received recognition in previous years at the competition.
Newsom attributes the success of local vineyards and wineries to the professional farmers who sought grapes as an alternative crop.
“That really helped us to move forward,” Newsom said. “We were growing quality grapes much quicker than a region that just decided overnight they were going to become a wine region. You had really good growers, really good farmers just in their own right that started growing grapes. That has helped us a lot to have really responsible, really good growers growing grapes in this region.”
Newsom tells KCBD the success also shows that any sort of crop or grape can be grown in the area.
“That to me is a huge tribute to the Lubbock area that we can grown anything anyone else can,” Newsom said. “There are wines we probably won’t ever grow but there are some wines that are tough to grow that we can do a fantastic job with.”