The Tasting Room and Winery are Now Closed (10/24/14)
Rising Star Vineyards has two locations. The main location and winery is in Rising Star and a tasting room is in Salado. The winery is owned by Michael and Vicki Oubre and Michael is the winemaker.
The Rising Star winery opened in 2006. The tasting room in Salado opened in May 2011 which makes the Rising Star wines more accessible since it is located along I-35. When we first visited the Salado location, Vicki Oubre was operating the tasting room. This post is about our visit at that time so things may have changed. We tried visiting recently for an updated view but the tasting room did not open on time and we had to leave after waiting for 30 minutes.
Tastings are done while sitting at the tasting bar. The tastings are poured from the uncorked bottles. There was no tasting fee at the time and we were able to taste all their wines. Food is available to cleanse your palate between tastings.
All the grapes used in Rising Star’s wines are from Texas. The Rising Star Vineyards label is 100% estate wines while their Dodd’s Creek Wines label is for grapes not from their vineyard.
There is a small gift shop in the tasting room.
Since our initial visit, a cheese deli and bistro is now available. Cheeses come from Texas such as Veldhuizen, Brazos Valley, Latte Da Dairy, and Watonga. Soups, salads, sandwiches, and pasta dishes are available to eat and you can eat in the cheesery, garden area, or tasting room.
The Salado location is on the San Gabriel Wine Trail.