From East to West, Missouri has some of the best wine country in the nation. However, wineries have so much more to offer than grape stomping juicy goodness. Many Missouri wineries are grouped together down long winding roads enveloped in beautiful rolling countryside hills, making for beautiful day trips. Others offer weekend entertainment, food, tours, gift shops and more. Spending a day, overnight or even an extended weekend at a winery is a doable feat in our fine state.
Let’s take a look at 10 of the most drive-worthy Missouri wineries, sure to make for a great time.
Crown Valley Winery, Ste. Genevieve
Crown Valley is the prime example of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. With various other wineries along the way, the winding road takes you past a tiger sanctuary and straight into a beautiful view of Missouri’s land. Crown Valley is certainly a destination within itself, offering tours, live music, lodging, a pub, bison meat and both an online and in-person gift shop.
For more info: Visit Crown Valley Winery online.
Mount Pleasant Estates and Winery, Augusta and Branson
A prime wedding location, Mount Pleasant Estates and winery are prime locations for a beautiful wine tasting day. Be a member of the wine club, purchase food or take a tour of the beautiful facilities.
Find all the details: Visit Mount Pleasant Estates and Winery online.
Sugar Creek Winery and Vineyards, Defiance
Augusta’s sister town, Defiance, is a hot bed for wineries. Sugar Creek is a family-owned business established in 1994. Sample the Chambourcin, Cynthiana (Norton) or Michael’s Signature Red, all estate wines grown and bottled on site.
Get directions and go: Checkout Sugar Creek Winery and Vineyards website.
St. James Winery, St. James
Bottled and shipped to various grocery stores and markets in the area, St. James’ wine is an ideal wine for all price points. The winery itself boasts approximately 160 acres of vineyards and a new cottage for private parties and events.
Get more information: Visit St. James Winery online.
OakGlen Vineyards and Winery, Hermann
Hermann, Mo., is a hotbed for wineries, making it a great destination for that extended weekend. Situated high on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River and teeming with live music May through November, OakGlen also has a full range of red, rose and white wines ranging through the dry through sweet palette.
Find more at: OakGlen Vineyards and Winery website.
Little Hills Winery, St. Charles
Little Hills Winery and Restaurant is one of the first stops along the Missouri wine trail, and is ideal for those who don’t want to drive far to get to their final wine destination. The land that Little Hills sits on has a rich history—the first recorded deed dates back to 1805, one year after Lewis and Clark arrived. Wine gets better with age and so has this winery.
Make your way to the website: Little Hills Winery.
7 C’s Winery, Walnut Grove
If you are on the way to Springfield, check out 7 C’s winery, nestled in Walnut Grove. Area attractions include caverns, a war cave and tiger sanctuary. Popular wines at 7 C’s include the Norton, Catawba and Traminette.
For more information: Visit 7 C’s Winery’s website.
Tower Rock Vineyard & Winery, Altenburg
Affectionately known as the “East End” to Perry County residents, Altenburg is home to the county’s first winery. In its 15th year, the winery takes its name for the 90-foot-high rock formation in the Mississippi River, only three miles east of the winery. Tower Rock is a winery that also serves beer, sangria and margaritas, and guests can enjoy the tasting room, gift shop and favorite varietals.
Make the trip: Find details at Tower Rock Vineyard & Winery’s website.
Williams Creek Winery, Mount Vernon
Located just south of Mount Vernon’s historic courthouse square, this winery came to be in 2007. The wine list includes Creekside Red, White Bouquet and Picnic, along with a Vidal Blanc and St. Vincent.
Get the details: Williams Creek Winery’s website.
Bristle Ridge Winery, Knob Noster
Who doesn’t want to come to a town called Knob Noster? Bristle Ridge Winery was established in 1979 and is located between Warrensburg and Knob Noster. The family-owned winery occupies a three-story building that was formerly a water tower. Have your event at Bristle Ridge and enjoy a Mont Rose, Seyval Blanc or Villard Noir.
Check out more: Bristle Ridge Winery online.
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