Bardenheier Wine Cellars
In 1865, John H Bardenheier came to the United States from Oberlahnstein, Germany, were he became versed in the distribution end of the wine and liquor business. In 1873, he founded the John Bardenheier Wine and Liquor Company, later known as Bardenheier Wine Cellars. The original site of the company was 212 Market Street in St. Louis, behind the Old Cathedral building, under the south leg of the Gateway Arch.
Bardenheier was legislated out of business on January 16, 1919 and forced to close its doors January 16, 1920 by the Volstead Act. On December 5, 1933, when repeal became effective, Joseph A Bardenheier Sr., son of the founder, reopened the doors for business. The business, after prohibition, was reopened on Market St. and later moved to 2nd Street in St. Louis. In 1955, they moved to 1019 Skinker Pkwy.
At their peak, Bardenheier’s was one of the oldest and largest family-owned and operated wineries in the United States. They had about 150 prime distributors in 39 states, with a total sales force of nearly 1,300 representatives and brokers. The winery was sold in 1983 and was ultimately closed about 10 years later.
In 2004, Wayne and Kim Evans, daughter of John Bardenheier Jr., reacquired the family name and opened a small winery in Richwoods, Missouri. Initially, the winery sold Sacramental Wines to a national church supplier and wine in barrels and tank trucks to food and pharmaceutical companies, as well as other wineries in the Southwest, Midwest, and Northern Southeast States. Bardenheier Wine Cellars introduced their own production at retail in 2006. Wayne Evans is the winemaker and has created a number of popular wines: Old Fashion Concord Grape, Strawberry, three delightful Table Wines in Red, White and Blush, a unique soft red table wine under the banner "Sunset Serenade", and a wonderfully fruity white wine called "Whispering Falls".
2008 saw the introduction of three new wines: Blackberry Cabernet Sauvignon, Strawberry Zinfandel and aged Cream Sherry with an enchanting almond flavor. This wine will be called Almond Bavarian Cream. Bardenheier Wine Cellars is not yet open for tours, but the tasting room and restaurant are open every day but Sunday. Come join us and enjoy yourself.