By Kelly Burns

ine enthusiasts, rejoice! You don't have to travel far for a taste of excellence, with several vineyards and wineries just a short drive from Shreveport-Bossier. Plan a day or a weekend to explore these nearby venues, each offering a distinctive wine-tasting experience close to home. Cheers to discovering your next favorite vintage.

On Cloud Wine Winery

Conveniently situated in Shreveport, On Cloud Wine Winery offers a delightful wine adventure with a touch of whimsy. Known for their unique wine names like “Bullfrog Beau” and “Crosslake Cabbie,” they cater to both seasoned wine connoisseurs and newcomers to wine tasting.

Kickapoo Twist Winery & Vineyards

Kickapoo Twist Winery and Vineyards in Gloster, La., is a hidden treasure for wine enthusiasts. You can enjoy wine tastings with charcuterie or chocolate truffle plates while savoring their locally crafted wines made from a variety of grapes: crimson Cabernet, Blanc du Bois, Lenoir, and both red and white muscadines. Discover the delight of this local winery.

Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard and Winery

Just a short drive from Shreveport, Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard and Winery is a picturesque destination. Surrounded by 90 acres of beautiful rolling hills, this Harleton, Texas gem specializes in award-winning wines, including their signature white wine, Blanc du Bois. The rustic tasting room offers panoramic vineyard vistas, creating a serene setting for wine tastings and events.

Naca Valley Vineyard

Located a few miles from the city of Nacogdoches, Texas, Naca Valley Vineyard embodies a family’s lifelong dream. Founded by Buzz and Wanda Mouton, alongside their son Scott and his wife Chelsea, this winery is surrounded by native flora, including muscadine, Summer Grape, Mustang, and other wild grapevine varieties. Visitors can anticipate an intimate tasting experience where they can meet the winemakers and learn more about the winemaking process.

Landry Vineyards

Located in the sandy hills of West Monroe, La., Landry Vineyards is a local treasure renowned for its beautiful vineyards, educational tours, and music events. Spanning 52 acres, the 16 acres of vineyards produce a variety of wines, including Blanc du Bois, Lenoir, and Norton. Visitors can enjoy artisan pizza, partake in seasonal events like grape stomping, and sample a wide range of wines in their tasting room, including dry handcrafted barrel-aged wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon.

Walkers Mill Vineyard & Winery

Situated among 95 acres in Hallsville, Texas, Walkers Mill Vineyard & Winery is the realized dream of owners Art and Adriana Strahan. They cultivate “America’s Native Grape,” the muscadine, known as a superfood for its high antioxidant and resveratrol levels. The winery offers a selection of red, white, and rosé muscadine wines. They also have a selection of full-bodied reds, including Cabernet and Tannat, as well as Chardonnay. Their best seller is their Blueberry wine.

Twisted Pines Winery

Twisted Pines Winery is East Texas’ latest family-owned winery. Located only four miles south of I-20 in Marshall, Texas, Twisted Pines sits on a private lake, complete with picturesque sunsets, fresh pizza, and charcuterie — all curated to perfect your experience alongside their wines. From Cabernet Sauvignon to Moscato, Twisted Pines Winery promises a blend of exceptional Texas wine, food, and breathtaking scenery — making it a must-visit destination.

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