5 New Missouri Wineries You Need To Visit

September 14, 2023

Looking for some new Missouri wineries to explore? We did the work for you! Here are 5 of Missouri’s newest wineries!

Mathany Family Vineyards

Among the 1,150 miles of Lake of the Ozarks shoreline sets MFV. Mathany Family Vineyards is a family-owned winery that is 100% sustainably farmed. Their winery opened to the public in the summer of 2023, so the next time you are at the Lake of the Ozarks, swing by 100 Grand Vintners Lan

Mathany Vineyard bottle in front of water

 

The Rocheport Winery

In the heart of Rocheport, MO is one of the newest Missouri wineries. Only steps off the Katy Trail, enjoy beautiful views of the Missouri River with a glass of Rocheport Cellars’ sparkling wine. With endless Airbnb’s and excellent bed and breakfasts, make a whole weekend out of your visit!

Outdoor space at the rocheport winery

 

Shamrock Hills Vineyard and Winery

Shamrock Hills Vineyard and Winery, previously known as Four Horses and a Dog, officially reopened on April 1, 2023, under new ownership. Only 8 miles from the old winery, the new owners have opened a new tasting room with amazing views. From live music and Chief-themed winery days, there’s always something going on at 12300 Shoemaker Rd!

Shamrock hills sign

 

Silver Rails Vineyard & Winery

Located off Highway 63 in La Plata, MO is Silver Rails Vineyard & Winery. Try the delicious wine slushies or even a flight of their wines. This family and pet-friendly winery officially opened in May of 2023.

silver rails winery

 

The Terrace at French Village

The Terrace at French Village is a must-visit with delicious food and quality wine! Housed in an old home built in 1887, this winery has waterfalls and beautiful views overlooking southern Missouri.

the terrace at french village

The list of Missouri wineries continues to grow daily. Start planning your trip to these 5 amazing Missouri wineries today!

3 Ways to Celebrate Missouri Wine Month

September 05, 2023

September is Missouri Wine Month and we invite you to celebrate this exciting fall season! Explore new areas of wine country, attend wine festivals, or host your own wine celebrations. Missouri wine country is closer than you think, how will you celebrate?

Fall view of wine country

1. No matter where you travel in Missouri, there is so much to explore and see. Missouri has five American Viticultural Areas, which are designated wine grape-growing regions in the United States. They are located across Missouri with regions including the Ozarks, Augusta, Hermann, and more. With 5 AVA regions and 129 wineries to choose from, there is so much to visit in Missouri wine country.

2. Fall in Missouri offers lots of winery events, especially wine festivals. These fall fun paloozas are the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself into wine culture and learn more about Missouri wine. Festivals can include live music, wine tastings, Wine 101 classes, and the chance to meet winery owners and winemakers. Click here for a full lineup of fall events.

 

3. Planning a wine night at home instead? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Missouri Wine Month is the perfect time to host your own wine celebration. Gather friends or family and invite them over for a harvest themed dinner, wine tasting, or wine pairing festivity. Dinner gatherings area great time to show off Missouri wines. We even have a wine serving survival guide for you.

Independence UncorkedSeptember is the perfect time to discover all that Missouri has to offer – whether it is beautiful wine country, fun   wine strolls, or staying at home and sipping on delicious Missouri wine. No matter how you celebrate this September, always remember Missouri wine country is closer than you think!

Trip Planner: Lake of the Ozarks

August 25, 2023

The Lake of the Ozarks, located in Central Missouri, is the perfect escape to get away for a weekend! With 1,150 miles of shoreline, there is no doubt you will find something to do. From delicious cuisines, fun activities for the whole family and Missouri Wines, the Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect oasis.

View our interactive trip planner to begin planning your next getaway!

Chardonel: A springtime staple

April 04, 2023

Chardonel month 2023 Every April, we take the time to focus on Chardonel. This “springtime staple” is easy to love. As the weather turns warmer, it is the perfect seasonal transition to white wines. Its crisp and delicious fruity notes awaken the senses, just as spring warms the Earth in Missouri wine country. The crisp acidity is balanced and refreshing, perfect for all kinds of wine enthusiasts.

Augusta Winery’s 2021 Estate Bottled Chardonel won Best Chardonel Varietal at the 2022 Missouri Wine Competition held in July. The winemaker, Colin Pennington, was excited that Augusta Winery secured this honor.

“The 2021 Chardonel was produced from a young vineyard where the vines are still establishing themselves,” Pennington says. “I couldn't be happier with how this Chardonel turned out and I'm excited to see what this vineyard produces in the future.” 

You’ll find another award-winning Chardonel at Adam Puchta Winery in Hermann. Their 2021 Chardonel took home top honors, earning a Jefferson Cup at the 2022 Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition.

Lee Baker, Adam Puchta Winery’s Brand Ambassador, shares excitement about what you’ll experience from their winemaking process for Chardonel.

“It’s made using the ‘Sur Lie’ (on the lees) style which is how the signature aromas and flavors of green apple and unripe pear come to life,” Baker says. “Being left on the lees imparts a softer mouthfeel that is present in the finish of this lightly oaked dry white wine.”

One of the best ways to explore the Chardonel varietal is to experience it in pairings

Baker says their Chardonel pairs beautifully with seafood, baked Brie, French cheeses, grilled chicken, alfredo, pesto, Portobello mushrooms, and more.  They also feature a Chardonel cheese sauce, served with warm, Bavarian style pretzels, at their 1855 Cellar Bistro.

Add these delightful springtime staples to your list to try the next time you visit Augusta and Hermann. Share your experiences with Chardonel by tagging #missouriwine and @missouriwine on social. Cheers to Chardonel Month!

Trip Planner: Hermann

March 28, 2023

Download and save to utilize this clickable PDF on your next trip to Hermann!
Enjoy highlights of Missouri wine country with this new and improved trip planner.
Wine, dine, stay and explore these wonderful Hermann locations!

Spruce it up with Succulents: Wine Cork Planter

July 01, 2024

 

 

 

It’s time to spruce up your home with the perfect succulent holder! Use your old wine corks and create these cute DIY cork succulent holders. The perfect addition to any plant collection, and your home!

What you’ll need:

6-10 Wine corks: Depending on tin size

4 Candle Tins- 4 oz used here

4 Succulents

Box Cutter

Hot Glue Gun and Sticks

Planting Soil

Steps:

  1. Cut wine corks in half, hotdog style, using the box cutter. Take lid off candle tins. 
  2. Hot glue half corks onto the outside of the candle tins and place around tin vertically. 
  3. After corks are glued onto the tin, place some fresh soil into the tin. Clear soil off the plant roots. 
  4. Place plant in tin and fill in the empty space with soil. Pack down until stable.

Create a few and place them around your house. This DIY craft is sure to make your house pop and add a unique look to your plant collection!

2024 Missouri Governor's Cup Wine Competition: Highlighting Missouri's Best

July 01, 2024

The 2024 Missouri Governor’s Cup Wine Competition is here, and this year will be full of great judges, volunteers and of course wine!

Our judges this year are truly experts in the wine industry. Our judging tables will have individuals that are Master Sommelier, Master of Wines, wine educators, WSET certification, wine retailers and distributors and industry professionals. Master Sommelier, Master of Wines and WSET Certification are all different certifications that our judges have received. They will be evaluating all the wines Missouri has to offer and decide which will take home the gold!

One of our judges, Glenn Bardgett, said this about working with the expert judges, "This competition is the best way to show the best of what we do. Everyone has different backgrounds. Everyone has different experiences. In one way or another all of our experiences have led us to judging the Missouri Governor's Cup Wine Competition. It is truly a privilege for us, especially for us to all work alongside each other as experts. It is a lot of responsibility, these results can determine numerous things for these wineries. Because of this, bringing in each of these individuals with their own qualifications and background make it an excellent judging panel to be a part of."

Hundreds of wines from across the Show-Me State will be swirled, sniffed and explored by a panel of expert judges over the course of two days. Wines will be evaluated and go head-to-head for medals and Best of Class distinctions. After the wines are blind tasted, the top wine in the competition will receive the coveted Governor’s Cup award, and the best Norton in Missouri will be bestowed the C.V. Riley award. The Hussmann-Jaeger award will also be given out for the second year in a row.

 

 

We will also be judging labels as a part of our label competition. Across Missouri Wine Country there are many unique and beautiful labels that enhance the wine inside the bottle. Wines are entered in categories based on the design of their label. The label competition has separate judges who evaluate each bottle, in their respective categories.

  • Best Traditional Label
  • Best Contemporary Label
  • Best Alternative Packaging
  • Best Wine Series
  • People’s Choice Award

Click here to take the survey and cast your vote for the People’s Choice winner during the 2024 Missouri Wine Label Competition. This survey closes July 14th at 11:59 pm, so be sure to get your votes in!

We are excited for another year of amazing wine, and cannot wait to share the results with you!

Concord Month: Cool off with Concord

June 25, 2024

 July is Concord month! With the hot Missouri summer setting in, it is time to cool off with Concord!

While this grape produces a delicious and refreshing wine, it is also used to make grape juice and jam. This versatile grape has become a Missouri staple and deserves to be celebrated!

During Prohibition some Missouri vineyards were saved by the ability to grow this grape. Rather than turning it into wine, they sold them to be turned into grape juice and jam.

Concord is an American grape that is a robust medium-bodied wine that is soft and balanced. It was selected from the wild in the mid 1800s. Its name is appropriately chosen from its area of origin, Concord, Massachusetts.

This varietal produces medium-sized clusters of large berries. It is considered a ‘slip skin’ grape because its skins are easily separated from the pulp during the winemaking process. 

Pair this wine with cheddar, aged cheeses, orange chicken, pork chop, barbecue beef, spicy seafood, candied nuts, nutmeg, figs, poached pear, grape pie or peanut butter

Recipe ideas:

Ice Cream

Popsicles

Concord Daiquiri

Wine Barbecue Sauce

No Free Lunch Wine Tails

The Concord grape has a rich, deep flavor and history here in Missouri. No matter which Missouri Winery you are at this summer, don’t forget to cool off with Concord!

Trolley Wine & Dine Progressive Dinner Tour

Location
112 S. Thompson St.

Description
Your experience begins with an amazing appetizer & wine pairing from Casa Di Vite International Wine Cafe. Here, host & owners, Ben and Susan Blaser will welcome you into their beautiful historic wedding venue right in the heart of Downtown Excelsior Springs. Wait until you see all the life and craftsmanship they have brought to the Downtown Historic District, it's truly one of a kind.

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