WEST MONROE, La. - Napa Valley, Tuscany, Louisiana? Landry Vineyards is now the blueprint for a new project by Southern University that will work to make Louisiana one of the premier grape growing and wine making regions on the map.
Jeff Landry, owner and operator of Landry Vineyards is excited for the new partnership, saying "you know having a university in Louisiana working at the development of hybrids that are suitable at our growing conditions, that's exciting."
When you think of Louisiana you don't often think of wine. The hardest part of this industry is getting people to try it, but once they do, their work is done.
From muscadines to different types of hybrids, Landry Vineyards has found the secret to success growing grapes in north Louisiana. Partering with experienced viticulturalists from Southern will allow them to duplicate past success.
Bobby Phills from Southern University has done work similar to this in the past. He said "I come here from the state of Florida. 30 years ago when we started the viticulture program they had 3 wineries. Now they have over 30. We have 6 wineries here. We expect to have, there's room for up to 60."
"If I'm just doing this on my own the success rate is much lower than if I'm having a conversation with a larger community that's all striving to produce quality grapes and quality wine in Louisiana" Landry said.
So next time you go to the store to buy wine, make sure the label says Louisiana. Something that will be much more common in the near future.
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