There's no denying that Missouri wine country is full of unique experiences, but did you know you can enjoy a glass of delicious, award-winning Missouri wine in a cave? Caves are a popular attraction in the Show-Me State and that trend extends to local wineries. Discover why your next vino adventure should include a wine cave!
In the beautiful countryside of Ste. Geneveive you will find Cave Vineyard, a truly unique winery ready to surprise and delight. Not only do they offer a wide range of locally crafted wine, beer and spirits, but they give you a one-of-a-kind place to enjoy them – a natural Saltpeter Cave that is 100 feet wide by 35 feet tall and comfortably seats 100 wine enthusiasts and picnickers. The cave is particularly popular in the summer months since it maintains a comfortable temperature even on the hottest days.
*Don't miss out on the biscotti! Yes, biscotti. The Strussione family that owns and operates Cave Vineyard & Distillery shares a several generations old tradition with guests, homemade biscotti. They also encourage visitors to "Go ahead and dunk it!" in their favorite wines. It might sound odd, but it's definitely worth a try.
Travel back to your childhood when you visit the Mark Twain Cave Complex in Hannibal. Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) wrote about this cave in five of his books, most notably The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. A guided tour of the Mark Twain Cave will take you back in time through early science experimentation, bank robbers on the run and much more. After you've explored these fascinating caves, check out the local winery, just steps away. Cave Hollow West Winery invites you to enjoy a delicious variety of wines, including several named for the area and its famous past.
The wine caves at Fence Stile Vineyard & Winery in Excelsior Springs aren't your typical caves. First and foremost, they are built rather than naturally formed or excavated. Being manmade does not diminish how impressive they are at all. Take a tour and find out all that goes into crafting local wines from vine to glass! Plus, who doesn't want to do a candlelit tasting in a wine cave?