By Sheila S.
In the seemingly quiet hills of West Monroe, you’ll find a local vineyard owned and operated by the Landry family. Landry Vineyards is one of the youngest attractions in Ouachita Parish, yet when on the grounds, you feel like it must have been here a while. Maybe it’s the energy and passion that the Landry’s bring their business that make you feel like they must have been growing grapes here forever.
In the spring and fall, you can spend the afternoon, enjoying live music, people dancing and fun during their popular outdoor concerts. Friends and families gather on the hillside to enjoy the music of bands of all different genres like Zydeco, Blues, Classic Rock, and Country to name a few.
Perhaps their most popular events are the Harvest Celebrations held each July and August. July’s Blanc Du Bois Harvest Celebration offered visitors the chance to stomp some grapes, an activity that many have never experienced.
The Landry’s added even more to this year’s event with a Lucy Look-a-Like contest. And as promised, this proved to be a fun addition.
Coming up on August 16, the Landry’s will host the Red Grape Harvest Festival and will again invite guest to capture the essence of Lucy in a Look-a-Like contest. Easy Eddie and the Party Rockers, a local group known for their Classic Rock sound, will be playing the music that will get visitors stomping…in the grapes.
The Red Grape Harvest begins at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and children under the age of 12 are free. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic, but keep in mind that Libby always has something tasty for purchase such as red beans and rice, jambalaya, or boudin. No pets, outside alcohol, or fire pits are allowed.
The tasting room is open for tastings every Saturday 11:00 am-5:30pm. Just give them a call to drop in for a tasting Monday-Friday. Tours of the vineyard can be made by appointment and are subject to availability. Landry Vineyards is located at 5699 New Natchitoches in West Monroe. Visit their website or call (318) 557-9050 for more information.