Missouri wineries (there are about 125 of them) generally use varietals that can withstand Midwest winters with names like seyval, vignoles, norton and chambourcin, and the wines (which have won medals in international wine competitions) run the gamut from dry reds and whites to desert wines and port. Nine Missouri wineries about 40 minutes from St. Louis offer tastings, tours and food. Head west on Hwy 40 across the Missouri River and south on Hwy. 94—watch for signs and you can’t go wrong. Most wineries are open daily; some offer entertainment, some more extensive dining options. Some charge a small fee for tastings, others don’t. We recommend: Chandler Hill Vineyards; Montelle Winery; Mount Pleasant Estates; Augusta Winery; Louis P. Noboleis Vineyards & Winery; Blumenhof Vineyards and Winery. Outside Highway 94, we like Chaumette Vineyards & Winery near Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, and Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, Missouri, both of which offer full-service dining. If you like bold dry reds, be sure to taste some nortons, especially Noboleis’ outstanding Norton Reserve, Chaumette’s exemplary Reserve Norton or Stone Hill’s powerful Cross J Norton.
Great Grapes: Missouri Wine Country
Award-winning wines for every palate within an easy drive of St. Louis