Trip Ideas: Missouri River Wine Trail
The five wineries on The Missouri River Wine Trail have one thing in common; a fine selection of Missouri wines. Four of the locations have an on-site restaurant offering a menu that goes beyond snacks and sandwiches. The member wineries of this trail schedule special wine and food events, live music and other activities through spring, summer and fall. Experience guided winery tours and special tastings at some of the best Midwest wineries in Missouri. Please note: It is against Missouri law to carry any outside beverages of any kind onto a winery’s property – leave your beer, wine (from other sources), soda and other beverages in the car.
Afternoon
You are invited to unwind, enjoy the scenery from the deck and sample their wines. The Norton Room, on the top floor, showcases the Westphalia Vineyard's award-winning wines; it includes a gift shop. The Westphalia Inn and the Norton Room are open for appetizers, dinner and drinks.
106 East Main Street, Westphalia MO 65085, 573-455-2000
Hours: Fri., 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sat., 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Serenity Valley Winery offers customers several options to experience wine in a fun new way. There is a relaxing indoor venue and a lakeside terrace to enjoy a glass of wine and an appetizer. Free tasting is always available. At Serenity Valley, you can create your own wine; they teach you how. Several varieties of grape and fruit juice are available. When completed (it’s not a single day process), you have 25-30 bottles from this Midwest winery; you can even create your own labels.
1888 County Road 342, Fulton MO 65251, 573-642-6958
Hours: Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Bushwhacker Bend Winery is situated on the banks of the Missouri River. Enjoy a glass of wine and a snack indoors and on the tranquil, river-view deck. Cheese and other snacks are available; also, you may take your own picnic. This Midwest winery is a great place to relax and unwind.
515 First St., Glasgow MO 65254, 660-338-2100
Hours: May-September: Wed.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; October-April: Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cooper's Oak offers a selection of fine wines, deli-style sandwiches, soups and desserts. The main Cooper's Oak location is in Higbee.
327 Main St., Boonville MO 65233, 660-882-0111
Hours: Mon., Wed., Thur., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Evening
Enjoy spectacular, bluff-top views every season. Les Bourgeois Winery is one of Missouri’s best Midwest wineries. Their bistro restaurant offers a full menu of provincial fare for lunch and supper, including signature house-smoked meats, fresh seafood, hearty pastas and the sun-ripened produce from their garden. Sample their wines at the tasting bar and order them by the glass and bottle in the restaurant. (The winery’s outdoor 'A-Frame' wine garden is adjacent.)
14020 W. Route BB, Rocheport MO 65279, 573-698-2300
Hours: Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Known for its spectacular view of the Missouri River valley, this terraced, bluff-top wine garden is a favorite retreat for picnickers. Inside the A-Frame, there is wine tasting and sales, plus a menu of snack foods. All seating is outdoors. You are welcome to take a picnic basket (no 'fast-food'). The Les Bourgeois Bistro Restaurant is adjacent.
12847 W. Route BB, Rocheport MO 65279, 800-690-1830
Hours: April-October: Daily, noon-sunset ~ March and November: Sat.-Sun., noon-sunset.
Offering six guestrooms with private baths. Amenities include: patio gardens; indoor common areas; guest laundry; Wi-Fi; indoor, locked bicycle parking. There is a cooking school on-site. Special lodging/cooking class packages are available.
305 Second St., Rocheport MO 65279, 573-698-2129
Hours: Office: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.