Thanks to our excellent growing conditions and delicious varietals, Missouri enjoys a reputation as one of the nation’s best wine regions. Taste for yourself when you stop by one of the Show-Me State’s many wineries. (Note: It is against Missouri law to take outside alcohol of any kind onto a winery’s property.)
At the Les Bourgeois Winery, in Rocheport, sip wine while enjoying a breathtaking view. The A-Frame wine garden sits atop a terraced bluff and provides a magnificent panorama of the Missouri River Valley. Pack a picnic (no “fast food” allowed) or purchase snack trays in the tasting room.
Savor wine with a side of history at Adam Puchta Winery, the oldest continuously owned and operated family winery in the United States. The Puchta family, now in its seventh generation, produces delicious wines near the quaint town of Hermann. A $5 charge allows you to sample more than a dozen varieties of Puchta wines. Take a picnic to enjoy under the trees.
Spend a beautiful afternoon at Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery, nestled among the lovely hills of Excelsior Springs. This family-friendly winery allows guests to participate in the winemaking process by hosting “planting parties” and other activities. Feel free to take a picnic or call ahead to have one created for you. Enjoy your wine in the tasting room, on the patio overlooking the vineyards, next to the pond, or near the fire pit. Frequent live music makes this destination even more inviting.
Taking in some of the great shows in Branson? Be sure to set aside time to visit the 9,200-square-foot facility of Mount Pleasant Winery-Branson. Sample wine; learn about the bottling process; and peruse the art gallery. Enhance your vino knowledge by taking a “Wine 101” class, offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Raise your glass and toast the outstanding views at Montelle Winery, in Augusta. This picturesque place overlooks the Missouri River bottoms, providing beautiful scenery to pair with your equally lovely glass of wine. Spend a relaxing afternoon on the huge outdoor decks. If you crave a bite to eat, stop by the on-site Klondike Cafe for a salad, sandwich or pizza. (No outside food allowed.)
Prepare to be wowed by the amazing tasting room at Belvoir Winery, in Liberty. Housed in a 40,000-square-foot building fit for royalty, the tasting room lends plenty of old-world elegance to your wine-drinking experience. The winery sits on 140 acres of gorgeous property. Belvoir is French for beautiful view.
Sure, you enjoy drinking wine – but have you ever had the chance to create your own? Let the pros show you how to craft wine at Serenity Valley Winery, west of Fulton. Keep your holiday gift-giving list in mind … when you’re finished, you’ll have 25 to 30 bottles to share. Enjoy Serenity Valley’s estate-bottled boutique wines (they have 20 verities from which to choose) while relaxing on the lawn, overlooking a lake.