Historic Missouri Wine Country
The area from Defiance to Augusta, Missouri is known as the “Historic Missouri Wine Country,” just minutes outside of St. Louis County. The region was named the country’s first, federally-approved American Viticultural Area (AVA), with Napa Valley becoming the second AVA.
The Norton Grape, Missouri’s state grape, has been a part of Missouri’s award-winning wine tradition since the 1873 Vienna World Exposition. One has to try a Norton while in the region because, well, “when in Rome”. . . Other Missouri grapes/wines to be found are: Cynthiana, Chambourcin, Chardonel, Seyval Blanc, Traminette, Vidal Blanc, Vignoles, and other tasty blends.
We’re in prime proximity to three local Defiance vineyards/wineries and one wine garden/tasting room and restaurant. Please be sure to include them in your plans – your palate will thank you!
Sugar Creek Winery
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.
For more information on weekend events and music schedules go to: sugarcreekwines.com/ or call: 636-987-2400.
Yellow Farmhouse Winery
Yellow Farmhouse Winery, just across the street, is a small family-owned winery in a spectacular location. Producing about 10 wines, reds, whites and blush, they specialize in dry wines that pair well with food. Their Tasting room is open Noon to 5 PM Friday, Saturday and Sundays from April to December. There is live music in the pavilion and the Wine Garden on Saturdays and Sundays. Food baskets are welcome, and cigar smoking is permitted on the big grassy hill above the Winery. Winery tours by appointment.
Annually there are special weekends including “Barrel Tasting Weekend,” “Blues Weekend,” “Jazz Weekend” and "Peel & Eat Weekend” where music or foods, or both, are featured. Nothing is more fun on a Friday evening than attending the “Friday Night at The Movies” which run one night a month from May to October. Guests may bring a picnic basket or order freshly baked pizzas. Of course wine and beer are available for purchase as well.
For more information on Yellow Farmhouse events go to: www.yellowfarmhousewines.com/ or call: 314-409-6139
Chandler Hill Vineyard
Just minutes up the road from the Inn is the elegant Chandler Hill. Built on the property of a freed slave named Joseph Chandler, the sweeping view from the spacious deck offers a relaxing experience. Chandler Hill proudly grows Chambourcin, Vignoles and Norton.
In addition to award-winning Missouri wines, Chandler Hill also offers a selection of the very finest wines from the west coast. Their west coast wines come from their vineyards in Napa Valley, Willamette Valley, Columbia Valley and the legendary Central Coast. The grapes are hand selected by their vintners to produce the finest wines.
Stop by and taste their wines and relax on the large, magnificent deck. You'll also want to enjoy the delicious variety of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and daily specials.
Hours may vary depending upon events, so it’s best to check the website at: www.chandlerhillvineyards.com/ or call: 636-798-2675.
More options in the region:
Just down the beautiful winding road to Augusta and Dutzow, you can take advantage of these additional wineries with award-winning wines:
- Montelle Winery
- Augusta Winery
- Balducci's Winery
- Mount Pleasant Estates
- Noboleis Vineyards
- Blumenhof Winery