Six Missouri Wineries Near St. Louis

Missouri wineries are a great place to spend an afternoon, evening or weekend. There are nearly 100 within the state, and dozens within a short drive of St. Louis.

Local wineries are among the nation’s oldest, and a few are actually among the most award-winning. And even those that aren’t winning medals at global competitions still offer great views, hospitality or simple fun that make them a must-visit destination. Here are six beautiful wineries, some picked for their wine, some for their views, and some for both. All are within a short drive of St. Louis:

  1. Montelle Winery — Augusta, Missouri

Montelle Winery is like a hilltop retreat that happens to also make good wine. The winery sits atop the Osage ridge and offers some of the region’s top views of the Missouri river valley. A multi-level patio and terraces with plenty of picnic tables let visitors settle in and get comfortable. Montelle flies under the radar when it comes to kudos for its wines. However, the winery won the 2008 Missouri Governor’s Cup (best overall wine) for its Dry Vignoles, and has certainly won its fair share of other medals over the years. In short, most visitors will find a wine they really enjoy. But Montelle’s atmosphere may be what they remember of the winery years later.

  1. Sugar Creek Winery & Vineyards — Defiance, Missouri

Nestled in the heart of Missouri Wine Country on a lofty river bluff rising from the Katy Trail, Sugar Creek Winery is the perfect experience. This family owned business is situated in a turn-of-the-century Victorian home, surrounded by their beautiful vineyards. Award-winning estate bottled wines are created entirely on location using Missouri grapes. Sugar Creek is just minutes down the road from the Inn and is accessible from the Katy Trail.

Indoor and outdoor seating is available with covered decks and pavilions overlooking the Missouri river valley. Charming rooms with fireplaces welcome guests through all seasons of the year. Enjoy wine tasting daily from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring their own picnics, or enjoy the assorted cheese, sausage and snacks offered by Sugar Creek.

  1. Balducci’s — Augusta, Missouri

Proprietors Rick and Carol Balducci invite you to visit Augusta, Missouri’s newest winery featuring world class wine and food, paired with sophisticated sounds and beautiful scenic vistas. The location is perfect for a day trip, a weekend destination, special event, or corporate outing. It offers full service and a family atmosphere, and all the amenities of this state-of-the-art facility.

Louis P. Balducci was a wine pioneer in the wholesale wine business in Missouri from 1946–1979. He introduced Missourians to many new brands and types of wines from the U.S. and around the world. He became highly respected as a wine specialist in St. Louis, and his reputation as a speaker and wine educator grew to include Missouri and the entire Midwest.

  1. Augusta Winery — Augusta, Missouri

Augusta Winery, founded in 1988 by Tony Kooyumjian, is located in the scenic town of Augusta, Missouri which is nestled on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River Valley. In 1980, Augusta was recognized as the first U.S. Wine District, because of its unique soil, climate, historical significance, and quality of wines produced from grapes grown in vineyards that date to the 1800’s.

Augusta Winery’s award-winning wines may be enjoyed with locally produced cheese and sausage on the outdoor wine terrace or in the Wine & Beer Garden. The garden features a spectacular 10-foot grape arbor above, a peaceful fountain, craft beers, and free live weekend entertainment from May to October. The Augusta Winery tasting room also features a gift shop, custom labeled wine, gift certificates, and gift baskets made to order.

  1. Cedar Lake Cellars — Wright City, Missouri

Over one hundred and seventy picturesque acres and two lakes surround this unique winery and event venue in the heart of Warren County, Missouri. When Carl Bolm bought Schreckengast Farm and started restoring the 1930s buildings in 2002, he had the vision that it would grow into one of St. Louis’ premiere event locations.

The popularity of Cedar Lake centers around the charming Big Red Barn and comforting ambiance of the surrounding acreage. The addition of a winery makes it an ideal destination for lunch or dinner in the country as well as large corporate gatherings or private events. Far enough to get away yet close enough to create a special day, Cedar Lake is cosmopolitan country at its finest. A professionally run, meticulously maintained facility is sure to charm your guests and leave them wanting to come back for more.

  1. Hermannhof Winery — Hermann, Missouri

Hermannhof winery is another of Missouri’s crown jewels in the wine industry. The winery’s top feature, its beautiful courtyard, feels more like a Munich beer garden than a winery. Although that’s no surprise; Hermannhof opened as a winery and a brewery in 1852. But before grabbing a spot in the courtyard, make sure to tour the winery’s historic cellars and to sample its homemade German sausages and cheeses. What about the wine? Rest assured it’s not only as good as any wine produced in Missouri, it’s also a regular winner at prestigious international competitions (Hermannhof is the only winery to win the Brown Forman Trophy twice).

Plan the Perfect St. Louis Wine Tour Experience

St. Louis limousine wine tours are among the most timeless ways to reconnect with friends. Most of the historic and critically-acclaimed vineyards that lay just to the west of the metro area offer tastings year round, and serve as a popular destination for bachelorette parties, anniversary celebrations, engagement parties, and any other number of occasions. Corporate Transportation offers the greatest value for St. Louis wine tour transportation packages, with a number of options available for groups of all sizes. Chauffeured transportation provides a comfortable, convenient, and luxurious way to spend your day sampling the varietals of America’s oldest wine country.

Originally published at Limos STL.