Harvest 2016–UPDATED!

Here are the 2016 chardonnay and sangiovese pickin' people

Here are the 2016 chardonnay and sangiovese pickin’ people

The harvest season is already half over and our plans have changed some.  The chardonnay and the sangiovese was harvested July 30th.  The merlot harvest has been pushed back to August 13 and the Cabernet Sauvignon might be ready before Thanksgiving!

Here is the plan as of August 1, 2016.

How to Get There
The vineyard is at 21724 Hill Road, Salado, TX, 76571. Exit 279 off I-35 and we’re just a quarter-mile up Hill Road on the East side of I-35. The vineyard is on the right side of Hill Road. You’ll see the vines from the road!

What to Bring
We will start bright and early at 7 am and go until all the grapes are picked, usually before noon. Wear comfortable, cool clothing. You’ll want to bring a hat, sunscreen, bug spray, and lots of water to start with. We’ll provide everything else you need, including more cold water. If you have a favorite pair of pruners feel free to bring them, but we’ll have plenty for you. We recommend tennis shoes because sometimes there is stinging nettle or a hidden ant mound but you can wear sandals if you like.  Sometimes folks like to wear light cotton gloves to protect their manicure or help prevent wasp stings, but there are no thorns on grape vines. Harvest is family friendly, so feel free to bring the kiddos…Dino has been picking grapes since he was 1!

The After Party
After harvest in the morning, you can join us at the winery to watch grape processing. Our grapes will be de-stemmed and crushed using a machine then the chardonnay will be pressed and red grapes will be prepared for fermentation.

If you’re coming, text your RSVP to 254.466.5813 or RSVP on the Facebook event pages (links below), and we’ll let you know if the plan changes.  Otherwise, see you there!

pickingHarvest Day 2
Saturday, August 13 from 7 am – 10 am
Merlot (probably) grapes

Sign up online here so we know how many people to expect and invite your friends!



processing grapesHarvest Days 3
Cabernet Sauvignon 

Check out our Facebook page for details on our last two grape varietals to be picked! It will likely be Saturday, August 20th or 27th.

OPEN July 4th!

yes, we're OPEN!

yes, we’re OPEN!

We are OPEN, 12-6, Monday, July 4th, 2016 and all the other days as well.

Hope to see you at the winery, but if not, have a happy and safe holiday and Happy 4th of July!

Sip & Shop for Charities

Sip & Shop

Sip & Shop For Charities

Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 4 – 9 PM

Temple Mall – 3111 S. 31st Street, Temple, TX 76502


Come out for a great night of sipping wine, shopping, and winning prizes to benefit local charities sponsored by KCEN.  There will be over $6,000 in giveaways with hourly drawings, a grand drawing for a $600 shopping spree, and discounts at participating mall stores. Also featured will be wine tastings from local wineries (including yours truly), margaritas from Casa Ole’, and canvas painting.  For the guys, there will be a live stream of the NFL Pro Picks at Pro Image, snacks, and prize opportunities!

All of this with a $20 ticket and 50% goes towards your charity of choice:  Childrens Advocacy Center, Fort Hood Habitat for Humanity, Military Child Education Coalition, and Wreaths for Veterans.

*The winning tickets must be presented by 9pm or prizes will be forfeited.



Closed Monday April 18 & Wednesday April 20

Sorry, we will be closed Monday April 18 and Wednesday April 20 to spend the day at the beach. Sorry for any inconveniences.

We will be open on Tuesday April 19 and Thur April 21

Mothers Day Cork & Unwind

Join us for this unique Mother’s Day Wine & Unwind on Sunday May 8, 2016.  We are working with the folks at The Yoga Room in Salado to bring you this unique wine and yoga pairing. The event begins at 10 am with a one hour beginner yoga practice, sequenced to local wines, on the gorgeous deck of Salado Winery.  Followed by delicious southern organics eats catered by Love Green.

Investment of $35 per person or $60 per pair.

You can purchase tickets on the link below.



Our 10th Anniversary


Salado Winery & Salado Wine Seller, started in 2005

Saturday, November 7th, 6 pm

Join us in celebrating our 10th anniversary!  We will have food, entertainment, prizes, a special sale and naturally WINE!  This will be a family friendly event and should be a great time.  Tickets on Eventbrite, see below…

Art Opening Reception with Patty Thomas – October 10th

Patty Thomas - Antique Sign

It’s officially fall! Join us on Saturday, October 10th from 1pm – 7pm when Patty Thomas will be on hand to discuss her newest artworks.  She was selected for the next exhibition at the winery to showcase and celebrate Central Texas and the beauty of fall.

Ms. Thomas, a Temple resident, studied art at the Texas Schools of Fine Arts in Austin and graduated with a degree in fine arts from Abilene Christian University. She has owned a graphic design company, painted furniture and murals, and sold her paintings in galleries. Ms. Thomas loves to paint Central Texas landscapes that highlight big skies, winding roads, and beautiful views of our area. As she puts it, “Today we seem to be caught in such busy, every-minute-filled lifestyles. My paintings are intended to move us toward a calmer, less stressful pace for everyday living.” You can see her artwork at www.pattythomasfineart.com. 

The winery gallery will be filled with Ms. Thomas’s artwork, available for sale until the end of December. Of course, we’ll have plenty of wine open for tasting and savoring. We’ll also be debuting our newest release, the 2014 Big Bully. The 2014 vintage, a Tempranillo-Malbec blend, was grown in Temple and will be bottled earlier in the week.

Yes, we are OPEN Labor Day

pressing Diamond Back 2015, our vineyard blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot

pressing Diamond Back 2015, our vineyard blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot

We are open Labor Day in order to share the fruits of our labor with you!  12-6

Vintage 2014–trying to finish up!

Our latest set up for cold stabilization.  The chardonnay is in the 30 gallon container just CHILLIN' in a nice bath of cold water.  Coolant is circulating in and out those pink hoses.  Inside the barrel, unseen is copper tubing.

Our latest set up for cold stabilization. The chardonnay is in the 30 gallon container just CHILLIN’ in a nice bath of cold water. Coolant is circulating in and out those pink hoses. Inside the barrel, unseen is copper tubing.

Every year I think I will get the previous year’s vintage wrapped up and in the bottle before the next harvest begins, but like every year it “ain’t gonna happen”.

So here is my to-do list:

Chardonnay/Night Flight (50 cases) —Cold stabilization and citric acid trial.

Need to test to see when cold stabilized

Need taste test for adding citric (.5g/L to 1 g/L)


Sangiovese/Rootin’ Tootin’ (100 cases)

Need to taste test for adding citric (.5g to 1 g/L)

Need to measure and add sorbate

Need to taste test for sweetness

Projected bottling date:  Wednesday, August 5

!!!!!!!!!!need to order bottles


Cab-Merlot blend/Diamond Back (125 cases)

Need to add oak in nylon bag (75% medium toast French up to 40 lbs & 25% medium toast American)

—-I need help so oak bag does not sink and with re-gassing


Malbec-Temp blend/Big Bully (120 cases)

Remove 90 gallons Malbec from Slim

***need clean 60 gallon closed top + clean 30 gallon closed top

Add 55 gal container + all glass carboys of Tempranillo

Need to add oak in nylon bag (75% medium toast American up to 20 lbs & 25% medium toast French)

—I need help so oak bag does not sink and with re-gassing


3 Texan Malbec (90 cases)

(in 3 lg white barrels and 1 small 30 gal)

Need to oak (100% American oak)

***need to order more barrel oakers? Should we do just one or more?


3 Texan Tempranillo (25 cases)

Need to oak (100% French medium toast oak)

Use already owned barrel oaker?


3 Texan Cab Sauv (55 cases)

****need to order Heavy toast French

Use barrel oakers?