We’ll Toast to That


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Wineries , winery / vineyard
Winery Trips with Friends
Author: Hoffman Lewis

Life gets really, really busy. In the process of checking off everything on the week’s to-do list, we sometimes run out of time to spend with friends. This spring, catch up with your “besties” over a glass of delicious Missouri wine. Before you depart, take a few moments to visit MissouriWine.org and sign up for the Missouri Wines Passport Program. Download the smartphone application to keep track of your wine travels. When you visit a winery, “check in” by scanning the on-site QR code. Your Missouri Wines Passport keeps track of wineries visited and points earned; you can redeem those points for great prizes at most Missouri wineries. For 2013, May 11 is National Wine Tourism Day.

Friendly faces and spectacular views make wineries the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Snap fabulous photos from the bluff-top wine garden at Les Bourgeois Winery A-Frame. This picturesque place, located in Rocheport, 15 miles west of Columbia, overlooks the Missouri River valley from their terraced grounds. Take your own homemade picnic lunch (no fast-food take-out allowed) or order a snack tray from the tasting room. Best of all; spend time with friends in a picturesque place.

Tap your toes to live music while you relax at Seven Springs Winery, in Linn Creek. A visit to Seven Springs is the perfect addition to a Lake of the Ozarks trip. Situated between Camdenton and Osage Beach, the winery provides shuttle-bus transportation, for a modest fee, to and from major lake area locations. Chat with friends over wine and a light lunch; during dinnertime, the kitchen serves steaks, pasta and other specialties. In addition to Missouri wines, Seven Springs pours micro-brews and sangria.

In Camdenton, enjoy a glass of wine at Golden Rock Winery. In addition to red, white and fruit wines, Golden Rock offers a full menu of delicious dishes, including pizzas, sandwiches and a Saturday night prime rib special. Let them make custom labels for your bottle selections.

Savor a long afternoon at Augusta Winery. Drink wine in the spacious tasting room and on the covered terrace. Weekends bring live music, providing the perfect soundtrack for a leisurely day. Purchase snacks from the winery or take your own picnic to compliment your wine selection. The inviting atmosphere at Augusta makes it a wonderful place to spend time with friends.

Two miles east of Augusta, Montelle Winery sits on a tree-covered hilltop, 400 feet above the Missouri River bottoms. Take in the splendid view from the massive decks, while spending time with friends. If you get a bit hungry, the on-site Klondike Café offers just what you need: a nice menu of salads, sandwiches, wraps and pizzas.

Experience a piece of Missouri history when you visit the Sainte Genevieve Winery, occupying a 1900s house, featuring Queen Anne décor. Admire the ambiance of this winery, with 22 varieties of wine from which to choose. With its many antique shops and cafes, Ste. Genevieve offers an idyllic place to spend a day – and the winery makes a perfect stop.

For a double treat, visit Charleville Vineyard and Microbrewery, 25 miles southwest of Ste. Genevieve. The rustic winery serves estate bottled wine and handcrafted microbrews. Take a picnic or buy one there, and enjoy the countryside. Make it a triple treat by spending the night (reservations required) in their refurbished 1860s log cabin bed-and-breakfast.

When your travels take you to beautiful, bustling Kansas City, set aside time to visit Amigoni Urban Winery. They specialize in handcrafted wines, served in an atmosphere recalling a bygone area, thanks to its location in a renovated 1909 building, in the Stockyards District. Order a plate of bread and local cheeses to share with friends and soak in Amigoni’s wonderful ambiance. In addition to wine, Boulevard beer is on tap – Boulevard is Kansas City’s hometown micro-brew success story.

Sample award-winning wines from Missouri, California, Washington State and Oregon at Chandler Hill Vineyards, north of Defiance. You’ll feel as though you’ve been whisked away to the lush grounds of a Napa Valley vineyard. Sample wines in the 5,000-square-foot tasting room, and grab a seat on the large deck, with excellent views of the vineyards, a lake and the countryside. The menu includes sandwiches, soups, salads, and cheese and antipasto specialties. Weekends bring free, live music for all to enjoy.  

In Weston, spend time with friends while at Pirtle Winery. Housed in an 1867 German Lutheran church, this picturesque place is a serene backdrop for a leisurely afternoon. Take advantage of the warm spring weather by sitting in the vine-covered wine-garden and ordering a picnic basket of warm bread, cheeses, fruit, and summer-sausage. Want to sample something a bit out of the ordinary? Pirtle is known for their selection of delicious, estate-bottles meads – wine made from honey.

Also, Mead is available at 7C’s Winery, located 25 miles northwest of Springfield, in the Ozark Mountain American Viticulture Area (AVA), the sixth largest viticulture area in the United States. Enjoy a bottle of 7C’s wine along with a gorgeous view of the countryside.  

  Les Bourgeois Winery A-Frame
Known for its spectacular view of the Missouri River valley, this terraced, bluff-top wine garden is ...

  Seven Springs Winery
Our winery serves Missouri wines, sangrias and microbrew beers. Sample our wines in the large tasting ...

  Golden Rock Winery
Relax in our casual atmosphere. We produce 30 wines, using the finest grapes from vineyards around the ...

  Augusta Winery
Augusta Winery features a year-round tasting room, gift shop and a covered terrace. The Wine and Beer ...

  Montelle Winery and Klondike Cafe
Situated atop Osage Ridge, 400 feet above the Missouri River bottoms. Breathtaking views; tasting room; ...

  Sainte Genevieve Winery
Located in the historic district of Ste. Genevieve, beside the Mississippi River. Established in 1983, ...

  Amigoni Urban Winery
We specialize in small lots of hand-crafted wines. Our vineyards are located about 30 miles east of ...

  Chandler Hill Vineyards
Chandler Hill is reminiscent of Napa Valley and Northern Italy. We have a 5,000 square foot tasting ...

  Pirtle Winery
Pirtle Winery started in 1978. Our tasting room and gift shop are housed in a circa 1867 German Lutheran ...

  7C's Winery
Sample our wines and meads (mead is wine made from honey). Relax on the porch with a bottle of our wine ...

  Charleville Vineyard and Microbrewery
We offer a variety of wines and hand crafted beers. Enjoy them in a wonderful rustic setting, with some ...