Update: The winery has relocated and changes have taken place. Please see the winery page for the latest information.
Dionisio Winery is located in Houston and opened January 2012. We first met the owners Jimmy Aranda and Clarice Nelson-Aranda at the Old Town Spring wine festival in April 2012.
We got a chance to visit Dionisio Winery on a Friday night which is located off I-59 in a small shopping center. We entered the winery and met Clarice Nelson-Aranda again as she and another employee were finishing up labeling new bottles of wine.
You can do a tasting while sitting at the tasting bar. There is a tasting fee per wine for whatever is opened or you can buy a glass of wine. Tastings are poured from the bottle.
When we first met Dionisio Winery at Old Town Spring, they only made fruit wines. Now they make white and red wines too. They do not use any Texas grapes yet but have attempted to try to find some. The grapes currently used come from California and arrive as juice.
Different styles of wine are made such as a Riesling Ice wine and a Port style wine. A nice looking bottle caught our attention called Red Stiletto which turned out to be a watermelon wine. Select wines are available for private labeling for your own special wine bottle. We did notice that Dionisio Winery uses synthetic corks in their bottles.
Events are held at the winery such as wine classes, music, and fashion shows. They also offer specials such as Half Price Wednesdays where glasses of wine are half price.
Clarice said they are doing a lot of marketing right now by going to wine festivals and are even going as far as Fredericksburg to promote their winery. In fact we met both Jimmy and Clarice again at the Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival. If you do not get the chance to taste their wines at a wine festival, be sure to visit the winery in Houston.