AboutUs

Welcome to the family owned and operated Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard. For many years this facility was one of the foremost ostrich breeding and ranching facilities in the southwest. The structure that houses our winery, tasting room and corporate offices was once filled with ostrich eggs, chicks and fledglings. The acreage to the west that nurtures our Tempranillo, Viognier and Cabernet grapevines was the same hillside where hundreds of 7 foot tall ostrich roamed during the 80's and 90's.

As our ostrich ranching adventure drew to a close and we relinquished our herd, the future of the seven birds remaining was uncertain . . . until we needed a name for our winery and vineyard. Today our feathered friends not only adorn the Blue Ostrich label, they also function as as our official winery mascots and welcome you to our beautiful Red River Valley.

  • Patrick Whitehead
    Managing Partner/Winemaker

  • Julie Whitehead
    Managing Partner/Tasting Room Manager

  • Presley Whitehead
    Winery & Vineyard Operations

  • J. Stanley Fredrick
    Founder/Visionary

  • John Fredrick Jr.
    Managing Partner/Vineyard Manager
    In Memoriam 1960 - 2014

What hours are you open to the public?

Tasting Room hours of operation:
Thursday 12pm - 6pm
Fri & Sat 12pm - 6pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Open other times by appointment only.

Do you really have ostriches at your winery?

At this time we are still home to five female and 2 male adult ostriches that reside on vineyard property. Direct all of your ostrich questions to our vineyard manager, John. He raised hundred of ostrich for nearly 15 years.

What are their names?

None of our birds have names. Any ideas?

Does Blue Ostrich serve food?

At times we offer cheese pairings or other light fair to accompany your tasting, however we are not a restaurant. Private catering can be arranged for larger groups that wish to arrange, in advance, for us to provide meals during their visit.

Can I bring a picnic or snacks?

Absolutely. Guests are welcome to picnic on our patio or on picnic tables under our live oak trees.

would like to have a local dining experience before or after our visit. Suggestions?

We can reccomend several great options. Here in the Red River Valley there is a one of a kind dining experience called Ancient Ovens. They serve on Thursday, Friday and Saturday only and reservations are a must. Their number: (940) 366-4255. In Saint Jo there is the Lazy Heart Grill on the square. in Nocona enjoy Times Forgotten on Clay Street and in Muenster try Rhomers Restaurant or Doc's Bar & Grill.

What about places to overnight?

There are several B & B's and lodges to overnight. Call us for a referral.

Are guests allowed to bring beer or wine on to the property?

No. The only alcoholic beverages allowed on property are those that are provided and served by Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard staff. You are welcome to purchase wine tastings or bottles of wine for consumption on the premises. Any partially consumed bottles may be recorked and taken with you, provided you transport them in a manner consistant with state laws.

We would like to tour the winery and vineyard, is that possible?

We do have several specially priced tasting and tour packages that are great for special events like birthday groups, corporate outings, etc. Some of these packages include cheese pairings, souvenir wine glasses and other perks like a face to face meeting with our ostrich! It is best to arrange these in advance by calling our tasting room at 940-995-3100. We often conduct part of your tasting in our cellar and even our vineyard.

Is your road "motorcycle friendly"?

Bikers will be on blacktop all the way to our gated entrance. Once you enter the property it is a short 50 yard ride on compact gravel to our parking lot. We entertain lots of motorcycle riders every weekend (as long as it's not raining!).

We don't know if we should bring our kids to the winery. Is it a family friendly environment?

his can be a tough one to address sometimes. "Kid friendly" and "winery" are not terms generally associated with each other. We love kids, but understand in advance of your visit that our tasting room experience is geared towards the adult activity of sampling, discussing and enjoying different wines. We ask that if you choose to bring a little one, please be mindful that their behavior does not interfere with the enjoyment and comfort of another guest. Because we are located on a working cattle ranch in the country, and because of the natural hazards that exists in such an environment, we can not allow children to roam our property unescorted.

Come on out and spend the day with us and enjoy the sites of Saint Jo, Muenster and the surrounding areas. Saint Jo is the oldest town in Montague County as it was founded in 1849. Saint Jo is known for its scenic beauty and is often referred to as the North Texas Hill County.

Where to eat: Ancient Ovens | Lazy Heart Grill | Docs Bar & Grill | Rohmers | Dieter Brothers

Where to stay: Elm Creek Manor Spa & Resort | Towering Oaks Ranch Resort | | Texas Kings Hotel | Bartush Lodge and Cabin

Where to have more fun: Turtle Hill Golf Course | Davis & Blevins Gallery | Muenster Antique Mall | Tales 'n Trails Museum | Lavender Ridge Farms