The Terrace at French Village

Completing the northern tip of the Ozark Highland Triangle, the winery stands in the old Werner Home built in 1887. However, the focal point is the beautiful 150 foot waterfall and sprawling wooden decks for which the winery has been named. The concept behind The Terrace at French Village was simply to create a friendly yet upbeat atmosphere where guests could enjoy live music and our wonderful wines.  




Peanut Butter and Concord Cheesecake

July 27, 2023

 Peanut Butter and Concord Cheesecake

The nostalgic flavors of peanut butter and grape jelly are achieved with a fun flare in this delicious cheesecake recipe. Impress your guests and savor each bite when you mix up a perfect crumbly peanut butter crust filled with a classic cheesecake and topped with Concord glaze.


Makes 10-inch springform pan

Time: 1.5 hours and 3 hours of cooling


For the crustWine bottle with cheesecake ingredients behind

1 3/4 C graham cracker crumbs

1/2 C creamy peanut butter

1/4 C sugar, divided

1 large egg


For the filling

3 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened

1 C sugar

1 C sour cream

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3 large eggs


For the Concord glaze

1 C Concord wine

1 C sugar



  1. Heat oven to 325°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter, sugar and egg with an electric mixer until smooth. In a 10-inch springform pan, evenly press the mix into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar, sour cream and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time. Continue beating until mixture is fluffy and then pour into crust.
  4. Bake cheesecake for 1 hour or until the center is almost set. Cool for 1 hour on a wire rack and then refrigerate for at minimum 3 hours or overnight.
  5. In a small saucepan, mix together wine and sugar until it begins to boil. Reduce heat to a simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the glaze begins to thicken. Remove from heat and allow glaze to cool completely before serving.
  6. Drizzle glaze over the entire cheesecake or each slice before serving. Top with crushed peanuts for texture, if desired. Serve with a glass of Concord for an enhanced experience and enjoy!
Slice of cheesecake with wine


Pairing BBQ Sauce and Missouri Wine

July 24, 2023

Summer means it’s barbecue time! Start planning some savory recipes by incorporating Missouri based BBQ sauce, while pairing it with some delicious Missouri wine. From sweet to spicy, experience the best wine for every type of sauce style.

Check out our pairing guide and start grilling now!

BBQ Sauce pairing

2023 Missouri Governor's Cup Wine Competition Results

July 18, 2023

And the winners are…

We would like to congratulate our winners from this year’s Missouri Wine Competition and acknowledge the 265 wines that represented all regions of Missouri wine country. Thirty wineries participated in this competition, all contributing to producing the highest quality wines Missouri has to offer.

Each wine that was entered was blindly tasted and evaluated by a panel of seven judges from across the U.S. and one industry judge. Through this process, wines were awarded bronze, silver, and gold rankings. Wines that received a gold medal distinction competed for the honor of a Best of Class award. The top wines from each category then competed for the ultimate recognition, the prestigious Governor’s Cup Award. This award is presented to the best wine in the state.

The winner of the 2023 Governor’s Cup is Stone Hill Winery’s 2020 Old Vine Reserve Norton. The C.V. Riley Award for best Norton went to Stone Hill Winery’s 2020 Old Vine Reserve Norton. The C.V. Riley award recognizes the official state grape and is named after the first state entomologist, who also helped save the French wine industry.Winners

“It’s a great honor to be awarded the 2023 Governor’s Cup, C. V. Riley award and Best of Class Dry Red for our 2020 vintage Old Vine Reserve Norton” says Jon Held, Stone Hill Winery President. “This wine is extremely unique since it’s produced entirely from a pre-prohibition vineyard of Norton vines planted during the 1860’s. This tiny ¼ acre vineyard only yields two to three barrels of wine per year. This precious vineyard was the source of cutting wood for renewed plantings of Norton as the Missouri wine industry was restarting in the 1960’s. It is a special tribute to win with a wine from these old vines since we celebrated the 175th anniversary of Stone Hill Winery last year. As always, our success is due to all the members of our dedicated team whose efforts continue to produce stellar wines year after year.”  

The Husmann-Jaeger award for best white varietal wine went to St. James Winery’s 2022 Vignoles. This is the first year this award is being presented and it is named after George Husmann and Hermann Jaeger. Both of these influential men were integral in the early development of the Missouri wine industry.

We are honored to be recognized for the best white varietal wine in Missouri,” says Andrew Meggitt, St. James Winery Executive Winemaker. “Given the changes in our climate, our teams in the cellar and vineyard have been working hard to make adjustments to how we grow grapes and make wine. This award confirms that the changes we are making are increasing quality.”

Best of Class winners









A big round of applause for this year’s Best of Class winners:

Sparkling: Stone Hill Winery – Blanc de Blancs

Dry White: St. James Winery – 2022 Vignoles

Semi-Dry White: Jowler Creek Winery – 2022 Vignoles

Sweet White: Stone Hill Winery – 2022 Vignoles

Dry Red: Stone Hill Winery – 2020 Old Vine Reserve Norton

Semi-Dry Red: Augusta Winery – 2019 Barrel Select Chambourcin Estate Bottled

Sweet Red: Montelle Winery – Stone House Red

Dry Rosé: Röbller Vineyard – St. Vincent Rosé

Semi-Dry Rosé: St. James Winery – Friendship School Rosé

Sweet Rosé: St. James Winery – Velvet Rosé

Dessert: Adam Puchta Winery – 1855

Late Harvest/Ice Wine – Stone Hill Winery – 2021 Late Harvest Vignoles

Fruit: St. James – Sparkling Blackberry


This was the third year of the label competition, which was judged by an expert panel of judges. This competition helps recognize wineries that have stand-out labels, design elements and overall bottle appearance. The winners of each category are below:

Traditional Label: Noboleis Vineyards – 2022 Amber Vidal Blanc

Traditional Label

Contemporary Label: Les Bourgeois Vineyards – Collector’s Series: 2022 Noiret

Contemporary Label

Alternative Packaging: Noboleis Vineyards – Swirl Raspberry & Papaya Sangria

Alternative winner

Best Wine Series: St. James Winery – Explorer Collection: Project 1970, 38 Degrees North, Estate Norton, Vignoles

Series winners

People’s Choice Award: Dale Hollow Winery – Catawba

People's Choice Winners

Find the complete list of the 2023 award-winning wines here. Make sure to taste these wonderful winning wines next time you’re exploring Missouri wine country.


The Rocheport Winery

Missouri’s newest winery located right on the Katy Trail behind the Historic Mount Nebo Inn. Formed in 2019 and focusing on the production of premium sparkling wine. Grand Opening and first release was on May 26th 2023. 


Beat the Heat: Wine & Ice Cream

July 16, 2023

Summer is in full swing and the temperatures are sweltering. Beat the heat and enjoy your favorite Missouri wines with these delicious frozen treats. Whether you’re sipping on a wine float, or digging into a delicious bowl full of ice cream, these ideas are a refreshing way to cool down in the summer heat.

Ice cream in a bowlIce Cream and Wine Recipes:


Wine and ice cream have amazing pairing potential. Here are some of the flavor combinations we recommend. These work well for floats, milkshakes, or just bowls of ice cream with toppings.

  • Chocolate Ice Cream + Chambourcin Wine + Strawberries
  • Mango Sorbet + Vignoles Wine + Pineapple
  • Vanilla Ice Cream + Concord Wine + Raspberries or Black Grapes
  • Vanilla Ice Cream + Vidal Blanc Wine + Melon
  • Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Wine + Norton + Cherries
  • Vanilla Ice Cream + Sweet Sparkling Wine + Raspberries


Turn your favorite wine into a syrup that is perfect for topping ice cream. It’s so easy! Add 1   part wine to 1.5 parts sugar and bring to a simmer in a saucepan. Simmer until reduced to desired thickness. Let cool and drizzle away! If you are using a sweet wine, you can add less sugar.

Whichever frozen treat you choose to enjoy, don’t forget the Missouri wine! What a delicious way to beat the heat this summer. Cheers!

Ice cream in a bowl next to a wine glass


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