On the edge of West Monroe sits a 20-acre plot of land home to North Louisiana’s only vineyard, Landry Vineyards. Call ahead and you can take a tour of the vineyard, winery, and tasting room. Their wine is available in stores all across the state, but to capture the true spirit of this unique place, attend one of their outdoor concerts. Here are 5 more reasons why:
- The Gorgeous Venue. The vineyard itself is stunning. Driving west on New Natchitoches Road, there’s a moment when you know you are close and it’s going to be on the left. You watch the road to make sure you don’t miss it, but all you can see are trees. Then suddenly, the trees stop, and the vineyard emerges right before your eyes. You see sprawling hills with rows upon rows of grape vines. It’s breathtaking, and that’s before you get to the concert. The location’s building is modern, cabin style with red-brown wood contrasting against the green of the grass and vines (note: very green). To order food and drinks, visit the tasting room or hang out on the patio. The band plays under a pavilion at the bottom of a slight decline, which makes for stadium-style seating and guests bring chairs and blankets. It’s really a lovely place to be.
- The Live Music. Honestly this is probably expected, considering it’s a concert. But there’s something about live music that just makes everything better and these bands are so much fun. They play classic covers like “Mustang Sally” that get the crowd out on the dance floor. Bluegrass and classic rock ensembles have people of all ages cutting rugs like nobody’s business. No rug is safe at a Landry Vineyard’s concert. Check out their concert calendar to see the upcoming bands.
- The Delicious Food. It’s not as well-known as Landry’s wine (we’ll get to that later), but the food they serve is amazing. The owners’ south Louisiana heritage is evident in their menu. Cajun classics like jambalaya and boudin are served alongside delicious cheese trays. Spicy, enjoyable food not your thing? Bring your own picnic dinner to eat. It’s a scientific fact that all dinner foods are approximately 72% more delicious when eaten at a Landry Vineyards concert. They also put their amazing jellies out for tasting, made from the same grapes as the wines. Come hungry!
- The Community. Remember when I talked about rug cutting earlier? Well, it’s serious. It’s incredible to see groups of people come together and have fun. You can see families bonding, friends spending quality time together, and couples getting closer. This event embodies the heart of Ouachita Parish—we love to have fun!
- THE WINE. From classics like Chardonnay and Merlot to unique flavors like Peach Muscadine and Redneck Red, they have several flavors for every taste. With 15+ wines to choose from, you are sure to find your new favorite. It’s really that good! They serve them chilled at the concerts but if that’s not cool enough for you, may I suggest their frozen bellinis? They serve them in peach and berry flavor featuring a semi-sweet wine. The result is a delicious, frozen wine slush that almost certainly will be your new favorite drink and have you planning your next several months around available times to go back and get it (speaking from experience).
Landry Vineyards’ novelty and uniqueness is only enhanced by these charming and fun concerts. Being at a Landry Vineyards concert is an experience like no other, so plan your trip to Monroe-West Monroe now! The concerts occur through the end of October, and start again in the spring. See you there!