The Missouri River Valley has been a breeding grounds for great wine since the 1800’s. German immigrants quickly noticed the opportunity to grow healthy vines. It’s long summers, high sun exposure and soil from the Ozarks are the cornerstones that great wineries all across Missouri have built their foundation on. Their unique, midwestern climate makes it a perfect home for mostly Vitis Vinifera grapes.
One trip to a few of these Missouri wineries, and you’ll notice the unmistakable midwestern friendliness. They not only want to present you their wine – but educate you, show you why they made it and present to you their winery as a whole. Not just the finished product. Midwesterners are a proud people, and their wines definitely show it.
Adam Puchta Winery is the oldest continuously owned winery in the country. It’s not easy to stick around somewhere for 160 + years – and still draw a crowd – but Adam Puchta winery does it with ease. They excel in hybrid grapes that create a flavor unlike any other. The ‘guesthaus’ and cabin are available to rent for a quick weekend getaway that will leave you as close to the action as possible!
A trip to Augusta Winery comes with a lesson on wine. The expertly trained staff at Augusta will not only be able to walk you through all their local varietals – but do it with a knowledge of other wines from around the world. Augusta Winery tastings can be paired with a myriad of locally produced sausage and cheese to truly give you a snapshot of the area.
Weston Wine Company wants to create a new standard for wine. They aim to have fun – while tasting some great wines along the way. Their “Royal Confections” tasting pairs six of their wines with six delectable mini cupcakes – each one emboldening on a different flavor from the wine. Don’t have a sweet tooth? They have a more traditional food + wine tasting that is a hit as well. Their seven wines are all labeled: dry, semi-sweet or sweet so no flavors should sneak up on you here.
The big yellow farmhouse is unmistakable as you come down the hill. It serves as a beacon on the grounds of this quaint, personable winery. Their small scale winery ensures that each bottle that is opened has the same amount of passion as the one prior. Owner and winemaker Dale Rollings talks about his wine with pride. Opening weekend at The Yellow Farmhouse Winery is a local holiday, and if you’re lucky enough to make it there the first weekend of April, you might get a taste of wine straight from the barrel.
Amigoni’s motto is “Drink local in the city, ” and that’s because Amigoni grows the majority of the grapes they use about an hour east of Kansas City. Their exclusive growing of Vitis Vinifera grapes leads to excellence in varietals like Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot. Their tasting room features their wine on tap that keeps every glass of wine poured at the optimal temperature.
Aptly named after their near 400-year-old oak trees – this young winery has been producing their own commercial wine since 2006. They’ve cut out a nice little spot for themselves in the Missouri winery world. Their tasting room sits in the middle of their gorgeous vineyard and features much more than wine. Their beautiful wrap around porch is perfect for an afternoon of sipping a carefully crafted glass of Twin Oak wine. It’s not only for wine fans though. Their fully stocked bar is bound to have the perfect companion for a walk around their tranquil lake.
Did we miss any of your favorite Missouri vineyards and wineries? Remember always to travel prepared so you can enjoy what could be your new favorite wine! Our StiQits are perfect for enjoying sulfite-free wine at any of these wineries. Have fun!