For Texans Paul and Gwen Hyatt, searching for their own little piece of heaven began several years back on a holiday to Western Australia. More like a love story than a business venture the couple developed a deep affection for Western Australia’s similarities to Texas. With wide open spaces, friendly hospitable people, and the local 'can do attitude' it all felt comfortingly familiar.
Gwen and Paul took a chance on a 30 acre property in Denmark, WA to realise their dream of owning and running a boutique vineyard which would feed their love for the finer things in life along with their love for country living.
The couple have lived and traveled extensively abroad and have always been passionate about experiencing culinary and wine delights. Which is why it just felt natural to purchase a boutique vineyard that produces a premium product in a bucolic location.
Since their first vintage in 2009, Rising Star has focused on producing the best wines possible, reflecting all the beauty. quality, and flavour of this special place on earth.
Our name Rising Star has many symbolic meanings. Of course, we hope to be a Rising Star in the wonderful world of wines and it all starts with the ‘sense of place’ or 'terroire’.
The Great Southern Wine Region, and the Denmark area specifically, is a perfect place for cool climate grape varieties which make classic champagne-style wines. We think Denmark sparkling wines are a Rising Star to rival the French icons themselves!
The Great Southern is also truly coming of age (a Rising Star) over the last decade to go toe to toe challenging all great Australia wine regions for a prominence of its own. And in the grand scheme of things, we also believe Australian wines are truly taking on the world as a Rising Star on the international wine stage.
But the true credit for the name comes from the Hyatt family. Paul’s paternal grandmother, Exa Little Hyatt, who was a very influential person in Paul’s life, was born in Rising Star, Texas in 1898. She instilled many values such as hard work, education, honesty, helping others, and treating people with dignity as the basic ingredients to be successful in anything in life. We could not agree more.
There is no doubt she is smiling down on us now and wishing she could have tasted our Sparkling – her favourite tipple! She was definitely a “Yellow Rose of Texas” in the Lone Star State and loved by many. Here’s to you Nana!