We all know each winery has its own flavor when it comes to wine, but their flavors go beyond that to include the atmosphere of each winery location.
After a whirlwind tour of Ste. Genevieve, I really began to understand the wide variety of flavors of the wineries.
After a wonderful tour of some of the historic homes and buildings in downtown Ste. Genevieve, we started our tour in the downtown area at our first winery, Sainte Genevieve Winery. Located in a large turn-of-the-century home, you could feel the rich French history of the town in this winery. Sainte Genevieve Winery offers many fruit wines, made from real fruit, not from concentrates, such as red currant, blackberry, strawberry and cranberry.
We then ventured outside of town into the rolling hills for which southeast Missouri is known. We stopped at Chaumette Vineyards and Winery.
Chaumette isn’t just a winery, it is a secluded and serene resort offering villas to rent, indoor sauna, outdoor swimming pool, spa and restaurant.
All the amenities of a big city resort located in a secluded, wooded area that allows you to truly get away from it all and enjoy a glass of wine.
Our next stop was at the rustic Charleville Winery and Microbrewery. Relax with a bottle of wine and your picnic lunch, take a hike on the nearby trails or sit by the bonfire on a chilly evening all the while enjoying the beautiful view. Not a wine drinker? Charleville also offers beer made right at their facility with great names like Tornado Alley Amber Ale, Hoptimistic IPA, Half-Wit Wheat and Explicit APA. To make sure all members of the family are covered, they also offer a rich and creamy root beer. Too comfy to leave, ask about the rustic bed and breakfast located on the winery property.
Crown Valley Winery was next and the largest of all the wineries we toured. An impressive interior features a bridge to the wine-tasting area that goes over the wine making machinery and holding tanks. Crown Valley Winery is just one location in the Crown Valley family that also includes a brewery, bed and breakfasts, tiger sanctuary, and a bison and cattle ranch.
Our last stop was Cave Vineyard, a winery that sits atop a cave, hence the name. The cave, just a small jaunt down a hill, is the perfect place to enjoy your vino with friends on a warm summer day, while staying cool. An added benefit, a creek runs through the cave and the cave opens to a beautiful wooded area with an amazing view.
So, which flavor will you choose, rustic, upscale or one-with-nature? No matter which of these wineries you choose, you will not be disappointed. In fact, with so many bed and breakfasts located on and near the properties, why not try them all and make a weekend of it?