Photography by Keith Borgmeyer and Canterbury Hill Winery
September is Missouri Wine Month and the upcoming fall months are a great time to celebrate the 128 recognized wineries in the state and the other developing vineyards in our area. We all share in the fruits of their labor.
Canterbury Hill Winery & Restaurants
September 19, 6 – 10 p.m.
Dinner Murder Mystery Theater Events
October 16, November 20 and December 18
Les Bourgeois Winery and Vineyard
October 4, 2-6 p.m.
The Missouri Wine Trail’s Bounty of the Harvest
November 8 – 9
$20 ticket includes a souvenir wineglass
Holiday Fare Wine Trail in Hermann
Say Cheese Wine Trail
December 13 – 14
Tickets for each event are $30 and include a souvenir wineglass.
According to the Missouri Wine and Grape Board, in 2013, the state had 1,7000 acres of grapes and the annual economic impact of wine and grapes on the state’s economy is $1.6 billion, with more than 14,000 jobs generated from wine production.
There are ten organized Wine Trails in the state, including the Kansas City Wine Trail, Missouri Weinstrasse, Mississippi River Hills and one of the newest the Lake of the Ozarks, that feature both large and small and new and established wineries.
While living in St. Louis for many years, I regularly visited Hermann during Oktoberfest and sat on the hills of Stone Hill and enjoyed some of their award winning Nortons. The oldest winery in Missouri, there are two satellite locations, one at the junction of I-70 and Missouri 19, and in Branson, which offer tours, tastings and gift shops. Stone Hill is part of the Hermann Wine Trail.
The Missouri Wine Trail includes Canterbury Hill Winery & Restaurant in Holts Summit; Les Bourgeois Winery and Vineyard in Rocheport. Westphalia Vineyards, Cooper’s Oak Winery in Boonville and Higbee, Bushwhacker Bend Winery in Glasgow and and Serenity Valley (near Millersburg) .
Both Canterbury Hill Winery & Restaurant and Les Bourgeois Winery and Vineyard offer bluff top views, dining and special events and are booked for weddings and corporate events. Les Bourgeois wines can be found at many local retailers and can be sampled at their tasting room and the A-Frame and Bistro in the charming community of Rocheport, a few minutes outside of Columbia.
A family-owned operation in the picturesque German Catholic town of Westphaila, Westphalia Vineyards is the only sulfite-free winery in Missouri and offers a gift-shop, tasting room, and restaurant and B&B at The Westphalia Inn.
The Lake of the Ozarks Wine Trail includes Shawnee Bluff Wnery and Shawnee Bluff Vineyard, Seven Springs Winery in Linn Creek and Golden Rock, Casa De Loco and Lost Vineyard in Camdenton.
This fall is the perfect time to plan a visit to a local winery. The Missouri Wine and Grape Board has a Winery Explorer trip-planning feature at missouriwine.org.
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