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Your top 4 favorite wineries in Missouri

Noboleis Vineyards
First place
Augusta’s Noboleis Vineyards has been one of the gold standards for Missouri wine for almost 20 years. Their wine list features around 20 wines; Chambourcin, Traminette, Vignoles and Norton grapes yield wines like Moscato, dry rosé, Vidal blanc and more. Visitors can enjoy wines by the glass or as flights in Noboleis’ tasting room or under its picturesque Hilltop Pavilion, which features incredible views, a menu full of dips and pizza, and live music on weekends from April to November.
100 Hemsath Road, Augusta, 636.482.4500, noboleisvineyards.com

Chandler Hill Vineyards
Second place
Chandler Hill Vineyards offers a skin contact Vignoles, a Chambourcin, a white blend and more. Enjoy your wine in a rented outdoor vineyard cabana; lunch and dinner menus feature elevated bar-fare faves like fried chicken, baked goat cheese, Bavarian pretzels and smoked wings. Guided tastings in Chandler Hill’s Barrel Room take imbibers through wines from Missouri, Napa, Italy and France. For visitors who aren’t as into wine, Perennial Artisan Ales partners with Chandler Hill to offer 16 brews on tap and exclusive beers.
596 Defiance Road, Defiance, 636.798.2675, chandlerhillvineyards.com

Wild Sun Winery and Brewery
Third place (tie)
Hillsboro’s Wild Sun Winery and Brewery offers a large selection of beverages: Wines include a cab franc, a cabernet sauvignon and a sparkling rosé , while the beer list features a blonde ale, a red ale, a porter and more. And if making wine and beer wasn’t enough, they also package their own artisan natural spring water. Wild Sun’s 10 acres includes a tasting bar; live music can be heard on weekends from May through October. Visitors can bring their own snacks or order items like pizzas, meats and cheeses, burgers and other snacks.
4830 Pioneer Road, Hillsboro, 636.797.8686, wildsun.com

Cedar Lake Cellars
Third place (tie)
Cedar Lake Cellars is basically a large compound – on 400 acres! – geared toward the finer things in life: drinking wine and partying. Their Big Red Barn hosts private weddings, events and meetings, while anybody can visit for live music, bingo, ’80s nights and more. The wine bar and restaurant make it easy to try their wines while enjoying cheese plates, dips, burgers and pastas. Wines include traditional options like chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and malbec, but those feeling more adventurous can check out pomegranate sparkling wine, chocolate port and almond wine.
11008 Schreckengast Road, Wright City, 636.745.9500, cedarlakecellars.com

Honorable Mentions: Stone Hill Winery, Montelle Winery