Although most Missouri wineries share a distinctly German influence, the Show-Me State's French heritage is a big factor at the six wineries along the Route du Vin, in Ste. Genevieve County.
This wine route begins (or ends) in Ste. Genevieve, the oldest European settlement west of the Mississippi River. The Route du Vin wineries jointly hold several special events, spaced from January to November; as might be expected, these weekends revolve around food and wine.
All of the participating wineries on the Route du Vin offer wine tasting, picnic areas, and (most summer weekends) live music. Several special “wine trail” events are scheduled throughout the year.
- Sainte Genevieve Winery, occupies a circa 1900 home in the city’s historic district. They produce grape and fruit wines.
- Chaumette Vineyard and Winery includes a full-service restaurant, overnight villas for rent, a swimming pool, and a day spa.
- Cave Vineyard has their wine cellar in a natural cave, below the tasting room; there are picnic tables inside the cave and in the open-air pavilion.
- Charleville Vineyard sits atop a hill with a panoramic view. Facilities include a bed-and-breakfast inn, and a microbrewery.
- Sand Creek Vineyard has a large veranda, complete with scenic views and a fire-pit. And, they make fresh pizza.
- Twin Oaks Winery is decorated with beautiful antiques and movie memorabilia; plus a fireplace, and large TVs. Enjoy the panoramic view from the large patio.
A visit to any of these wineries makes for a wonderful outing; collectively, this is a wine road worth exploring.
Find listings for all of Missouri’s wineries at the Missouri Wine & Grape Board’s website.