Sipping a delicious glass of Norton, Chambourcin or perhaps Missouri Port is a wonderful way to enjoy winter. With 118 wineries scattered across the state, a wine-centered getaway is closer than you might think. You can learn more at the Missouri Wine and Grape Board’s website.
During the winter months, the grape vines are resting, wines are aging and there’s a slower pace in general at the wineries. It’s a perfect time for learning more about Missouri wine varietals, touring cellars or just relaxing.
For a cozy getaway to Hermann, check out Adam Puchta’s new Homestead Guesthaus or Hermann Hill Bed and Breakfast Vineyard Inn. The Hermann Wine Trail will host its annual wine and chocolate event in February, but with so many wineries in this small region, there are great tastes every day. The Gold Rhino and Hermann Wurst Haus are great stops for antiques and delicious German food!
Or you could head east, just a bit, to the quaint town of Augusta to stay at the Conservatory Guest Cottage. Visit Mount Pleasant Estates, Augusta Winery or stop by Noboleis Vineyard and warm up with a bowl of their Norton Chili! Montelle has delicious pizzas at their Klondike Café, plus a vast tasting bar where you can taste their award-winning wines.
Just an hour south of St. Louis is the wine community of Ste. Genevieve. Chaumette Winery, St. Gemme Beauvais and Charleville Vineyard B & B have warm and welcoming hospitality. The Route Du Vin wine trail is a great group of wineries to visit, but don’t stop there, check out the full list of wineries in that area with this map. Looking for a snack? Stop in Cave Winery for fresh-baked biscotti designed to accompany their wines, or visit the restaurant at Vance Vineyards.
If the “West Coast” of Missouri is in your travel plans, this burgeoning wine area offers something for everyone. For an urban experience, head to Amigoni Winery for traditional vinifera wine offerings. North of Kansas City, book a room at The Murphy House in charming Weston. With a ski slope nearby, you can enjoy winter to its fullest! Jowler Creek’s cozy tasting room is a fun stop, or if you’re more into old buildings, Riverwood Winery is housed in an old school; try their Chambourcin. Or stop at Pirtle Winery for unique meads, (wine made with honey) located in a historic church.
As you make your way back to the middle of the state, stop at Van Till Winery for their delicious pizzas, Ladoga Ridge Winery for award-winning Strawberry Rhubarb or Baltimore Bend Winery’s C2, a blend of Cynthiana and Chambourcin. In the Liberty area? Belvoir Winery provides a one-of-a kind historic experience in the Odd Fellows Home.
If a gourmet lunch is to your liking, Les Bourgeois Winery in Rocheport is a perfect day trip! Stop in their tasting room to sample their wines and head downtown to check out art galleries and antique stores.
Also, Missouri is known for its many cooperages. Just north of Columbia, in Higbee, stop at Cooper’s Oak Winery and ask for a tour at their adjacent location, A & K Cooperage. All barrels produced at this facility are hand-crafted and toasted by their artisans, who ship barrels to winemakers across the country.
Edge your way north just a bit farther to Macon and visit West Winery to sample their small batch hand-crafted wines; from dry to sweet there is certainly something to please your palate.
No matter where your Missouri travels take you, remember to relax and wind down, enjoy the slower pace of winter, and warm up in Missouri wine country!
Written by Danene Beedle, marketing director at the Missouri Wine and Grape Board.