During the winter months, grapevines are resting, wines are aging and there’s a slower pace in general at wineries. It’s a perfect time to learn more about Missouri varietals, tour cellars or relax with a glass of wine. If you think of winter as the “off” season in Show-Me State wine country, here are six reasons to change your mind.
Smaller crowds mean more attention.
While there are a few wineries that close during the winter, many of Missouri’s 130 wineries are open and ready to serve. When you’re not in the midst of a crowd, there’s more time to chat with the winery staff, perhaps even the winemakers. Take a tour of the cellars or sit back and savor a new favorite wine.
Seasonal wines are waiting to be discovered.
Seasonal wines and wine cocktails abound this time of year. You’ll find everything from mulled wine to cranberry wine and much more.
It’s a great time to stock up.
Not only can you avoid the crowds at the tasting bar but also at the cash register. Now is the time to stock up on your favorite wines for the year – or perhaps replenish what was depleted during the holidays.
January is Norton Month.
Norton is the Missouri state grape, and it’s celebrated at wineries across the state during the month of January with special tastings, events and wine releases. If you’re a Norton fan, January is a great time to get out to wine country.
Try seasonal fare and the wines that pair.
A number of wineries have restaurants, and winter is a perfect time to try seasonal favorites paired perfectly with local wines. Chili, stews and winter vegetables are just some of the foods featured at wineries this time of year.
Red wine is perfect for chilly days.
There’s not much better than sipping a big, bold red on a chilly day … so warming and comforting!
These are just some of the reasons to venture into Missouri wine country this winter. Bundle up and head out for a vino adventure in the Show-Me State!