From the hills and valleys of Southeast Missouri comes a product so exquisite that it should be illegal – well, thankfully for wine connoisseurs it’s not! That’s right; some of the country’s best wines come from a region that is becoming known for its hearty and plentiful wines. Within these next few paragraphs you will find the best of Southeast Missouri’s fine wineries. These wineries, listed in order of rank, were graded on the following points:
1. Physical appearance of vineyard, tasting area, and facilities.
2. Staff knowledge and friendliness.
3. Website look, information, and ease of navigation.
4. Cleanliness of facilities.
5. Clarity of the wines.*
*Note: Since taste is a matter of personal preference, none of these wineries were graded on the taste of their wines. For taste, we suggest you try them for yourselves and judge for yourself.
Cave Vineyard, Ste. Genevieve, MO – Located just off of Interstate 55 in Southeast Missouri, Cave Vineyard boasts not only some of the finest wine in the area, but a unique experience to boot. Originally mined by French Settlers for Saltpeter, an ingredient used in gun powder, Saltpeter Cave is now home to one of the most exquisite wine tasting areas in the country. It is a must see on the winery list! The Cave is located at 21124 Cave Road in Ste. Genevieve, Mo. Operating hours are April through October – Daily from 10am – 6pm and from November through March – 10 am to 5pm Daily. For directions click here.
Charleville Vineyard, Ste. Genevieve, MO – Close to Interstate 55 lies the rolling hills and beauty that is Charleville Vineyards. Here you will taste and enjoy some exquisite wines and in addition, there is a bed & breakfast located on the grounds. It is a reconstructed log cabin that was moved from St. Mary’s, Missouri in 2005 and is holds a breathtaking view of the vineyards and forested grounds surrounding the area. They are open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 6pm year-round. For directions click here.
Tower Rock Vineyard and Winery – Perry County, Mo – Tower Rock Vineyard and Winery is known for its distinctly French red & white wines although, they are also producers of Missouri Cynthiana wines, too. This vineyard is very lovely and the gift shop / tasting area sits close to a beautiful small lake. For directions and hours, please visit them by clicking here.
Missouri is now host to dozens of wineries and is quickly becoming a recognized force on the wine maps of the country. For more wineries in your area visit www.missouriwines.com.