Your 2022 guide to Missouri wineries
The weather has warmed, the pandemic is (seemingly) waning, and we’re so ready to get out and about. These local wineries are the perfect destination for a day trip or overnighter.
Located in the Augusta American Viticulture Area (AVA), the first AVA designated in the U.S. (in 1980), this winery is a vital stop for the wine connoisseur and amateur alike. The winery specializes in estate-bottled wine, meaning the entire process, from growing the grapes to bottling the blends, takes place on the property and within the Augusta AVA. Enjoy live music Fridays through Sundays at the open-air wine and beer garden April through October. Make a weekend of it! The winery is within walking distance to many popular B&Bs and hiking and biking on the Katy Trail. Take the complimentary trolley to the three other wineries within the Hoffmann Family of Companies.
5601 High St., Augusta, 888.667.9463, augustawinery.com
A sprawling vineyard on 76 acres of rolling hills and vistas operating for over 20 years, Balducci has been voted favorite winery for the past 17 years by a local readers poll, and the winery also boasts numerous award-winning wines featuring Missouri-grown grapes. Enjoy live entertainment on Fridays through Sundays from April to November, life-sized games and bocce ball court and plenty of room to enjoy a day outside. Plan your special events and weddings and wow your guests in the classic barn. Don’t miss the craft beer options aplenty, along with amazing food like sandwiches, pizzas, salads and finger food like soft pretzels and famous toasted ravioli. Visit the website for hours and directions, and catch a ride on the Augusta trolley to visit the sister wineries as well.
6601 S. Hwy. 91, Augusta, 636.482.8466, balduccivineyards.com
Crown Valley Winery
Crown Valley, which opened in 2003, is just an hour south of St. Louis and offers gorgeous views of rolling hills and miles of breathtaking vineyards. There’s a wide array of wines, with 27 varieties to choose from, including cabernet sauvignon and chambourcin, along with some unique options like Blackberry Bling and pink sangria. Visitors can enjoy live music every Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. from April through October. There’s spacious outdoor and indoor seating, and picnic baskets are welcome. There are also several beautiful venues, including a pavilion and the Barrel Room, perfect for weddings, parties and retreats. In addition, there are lodging options for those wishing to stay overnight.
23589 State Route WW, Ste. Genevieve, 573.756.9463, crownvalleywinery.com
Defiance Ridge Vineyards
Nestled in 42 sprawling acres of vineyards, lush gardens and a tranquil lake just 30 minutes west of St. Louis in the hills of Historic Missouri Wine Country, Defiance Ridge offers vineyard-to-table cuisine, live music and succulent estate wines, as well as exclusive varietals from the West Coast. The winery is open seven days a week year-round. Looking to host your next private event? Defiance Ridge is also the perfect spot for weddings, private parties and corporate outings. The facility offers a spacious layout featuring a wide array of options for guests of all sizes. It was also a winner of The Knot’s “Best Of” Weddings 2021 and 2022.
2711 S. MO. 94, Defiance, 636.798.2288, defianceridgevineyards.com
Edg-Clif Vineyard, Winery, Brewery
Pack a picnic basket and head south to this third-generation, family-owned farm, which boasts an array of award-winning vinos along with a farmhouse brewery and plenty of craft beers. Four vintage farmhouses (all over 100 years old and furnished with family antiques) on the property are now available on Airbnb. The venue also features live music every Saturday through October, the Home Grown Farm Tour Field Dinner Aug. 27 and Grape Friends harvest events in September. Check out the website for details.
10035 Edg-Clif Drive, Potosi, 573.438.4741, edg-clif.com
Grafton Winery and Brewhaus
Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, the Grafton Winery & Brewhaus features two large patios with relaxing river views. Watch the boaters go by while sipping award-winning Grafton winery wines. There’s a full menu and live music every Saturday and Sunday, offering a relaxing and memorable experience. They are the only production winery in Grafton and also make their own microbrews downstairs for the avid beer drinker. The winery is within walking distance from many amazing bed and breakfasts in Grafton if you’re looking to enjoy a fun-filled weekend. And the vineyards are just 3 miles away, boasting a 5,000-square-foot pavilion for weddings and corporate events. The vineyard location offers a first-class tasting room with a food menu including shareable and snacking items as well as a handcrafted cocktail menu. Located next to Eckert’s Farm in Grafton, it’s the perfect, quaint wine country experience.
300 W. Main St., Grafton, 618.786.3001, thegraftonwinery.com
Les Bourgeois Vineyards
Les Bourgeois Vineyards, part of The Blufftop at Rocheport – trailside vineyard retreat, is halfway between Kansas City and St. Louis and just 15 minutes west of Columbia. There are approximately 30 acres of grapes, and the winery also works with local growers around the state. The Bourgeois family purchased the farm in 1974 and lived in the A-frame while their house was being constructed. The A-frame became an outdoor wine garden with a spectacular river view and the beautiful house that was their family home is now available to rent as a guest house, one of three that are part of The Blufftop at Rocheport. Jacob and Rachel Holman, who have led the organization for many years, purchased the winery from the Bourgeois family in 2019. Les Bourgeois Vineyards has grown exponentially over the years and is now part of a larger destination recently named The Blufftop at Rocheport, which includes the winery, a restaurant, wine garden, tasting room, distillery and lodging.
14020 W. Hwy. BB, Rocheport, 800.690.1830, missouriwine.com
Situated 500 feet above the Missouri River Valley within the Augusta AVA, Montelle offers a breathtaking view of rolling hills, forests and the river valley just a few minutes down the road from its neighboring historic town, Augusta. The winery café offers daily lunches with items like fresh salads, sandwiches, wraps and pizzas, and there are specialty dinner events being planned for the summer evenings. Melodies of live music dance on the Osage mountainous air on weekends April through October. The banquet room is a perfect setting for micro-weddings and other memorable events. Montelle, also part of the Hoffmann Family of Companies, offers a complimentary trolley to its sister wineries and activities in downtown Augusta.
201 Montelle Drive, Augusta, 636.228.4683, montelle.com
Mt. Pleasant Estates
Mount Pleasant Estates is rich in history with more than 150 years of winemaking excellence. Experience the serenity of relaxing on Mount Pleasant’s patio with views of the sweeping vistas. Discover the charm and history of Old World winemaking in the richness and variety of Mount Pleasant’s award-winning wines. Visitors to the winery in Augusta enjoy tasting wine in the spacious 4,000-square-foot tasting room. There is entertainment year round, including live music on weekends in the summer and fall, cellar tours, wine dinners, holiday-themed events and more. With the rolling hills of the Augusta Appellation, beautifully landscaped grounds, historic structures, recently renovated ballroom, and impressive cellars – Mount Pleasant is an elevated event venue unlike any other. Visit for the day, the weekend, or book a private event to make memories in America’s first wine region.
5634 High St., Augusta, 636.482.9463, mountpleasant.com
Situated on 84 acres in the first designated AVA in the country, Noboleis Vineyards offers panoramic views of the historic, rolling hills of Augusta. Grab a bottle of one of their award-winning wines grown in the region and produced right on their family-owned property. Nosh on pizza and appetizers or pack your own picnic basket to enjoy on the lawn, under the tented pavilion or inside overlooking the bustling winery. Live music every Friday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. during season adds to the beautiful atmosphere created at Noboleis, which is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
100 Hemsath Road, Augusta, 636.482.4500, noboleisvineyards.com
Robller Vineyard is a family-owned and -operated estate winery located between Hermann and Augusta, Missouri. The vineyard is uniquely situated in the first river bluff range south of the Missouri River. Its south- and southwest-facing slopes, rich deep soils and Pennsylvanian era limestone formation provides a unique geologic advantage for winegrowing. Their 30-plus year commitment to dry farming creates low fruit yields with great intensity and structure. This translates to complex, structured wines expressing a sense of place and vintage. The team invites you to experience what is possible and change your perception of Missouri wines. No gimmicks, nothing fancy, just amazing wine, a pastoral setting in a vineyard all set to a backdrop of rolling hills that fade into the distant sky.
275 Robller Vineyard Road, New Haven, 573.237.3986, robllerwines.com
St. James Winery
St. James Winery was established in 1970 in the heart of the Missouri Highlands. Since then, the winery has grown to be Missouri's largest and most awarded winery, with nearly 185 acres of grape production. Visitors enjoy wine tastings, wine by the glass, and wine slushies made from the expansive wine list. The winery offers the opportunity to spend your afternoon in The Gardens at St. James, a beautifully landscaped outdoor space that is shared between the Public House Brewing Co. and the winery. The Gardens is the perfect place to gather and relax, and enjoy the locally inspired Public House menu with the best beer and wine that Missouri has to offer.
540 State Route B, St. James, 800.280.9463, stjameswinery.com
Stone Hill Winery
Stone Hill Winery, established in 1847 in Hermann and celebrating its 175th anniversary, is one of the nation’s most acclaimed and historic wineries. Championing American heritage and hybrid grape varieties from 200 acres of vineyards, Stone Hill is a third-generation family business devoted to producing the highest quality wines over a broad range of styles. Their hard work has paid off with wines consistently winning top awards at state, national and international competitions. The winery hosts daily wine tastings and has plenty of outdoor seating perfect for relaxing and enjoying a bottle of wine while overlooking vineyards and the picturesque town. The on-property Vintage 1847 Restaurant is well known for German specialties and American favorites. From May 1 through the end of October, free live music is available every Saturday afternoon.
1110 Stone Hill Hwy., Hermann, 573.486.3479, stonehillwinery.com
Villa Antonio Winery
Take a quick trip away from busy city life and head to Villa Antonio Winery in Hillsboro, only 40 minutes from downtown St. Louis. Headed by owners hailing from Italy, Villa Antonio is Italian-inspired and offers guests a chance to explore gorgeous grounds featuring vineyards and a lake. There’s plenty of seating between a large tent, a pavilion, a patio and the lawn, but guests are welcome to bring chairs or a picnic blanket. All wines and beers are crafted on site, and guests can also indulge in classic Italian or American food with items like burgers, sandwiches, wings, salads and wood-fired pizzas. The winery is open daily with seasonal extended hours, and there’s also live music every weekend.
3660 Linhorst Road, Hillsboro, 636.475.5008, villaantoniowinery.com
Wild Sun Winery and Brewery
2020 & 2021 Readers' Choice Favorite Winery
Located only 30 minutes south of St. Louis. In addition to award winning wines and beers, this beautiful 10-acre estate in Hillsboro boasts magnificent trees that are hundreds of years old, majestic rolling hills, a park-like setting and an iconic historic main house originally built in 1870. Founded by co-owners Ed Wagner, an Anheuser-Busch alum, and Mark Baehmann, a renowned career winemaker, Wild Sun opened to the public in September 2015 and has become a premier destination for wine and beer enthusiasts. Choose from a variety of wines ranging from cabernet sauvignon to fan-favorite Radiance, a dry white wine similar to a pinot grigio. Or you can choose from one of the fantastic beers such as the American Blonde Ale, Midnight Porter or their Wild Citrus Ale, a unique refreshingly crisp beer with hints of lemon and grapefruit. Complement your beverage choices with delicious food from the kitchen or feel free to bring your own picnic basket. Open year-round, Wild Sun features live music Friday nights and Saturday and Sunday afternoons May through October or as weather allows. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram or check out the calendar at wildsun.com.
4830 Pioneer Road, Hillsboro, 636.797.8686, wildsun.com