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Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2011 4:43 pm

AUGUSTA:

Nobeleis Vineyards

Experience one of Missouri’s newer vineyards, complete with stunning views and four different types of grapes for wine production. The family-owned, family-grown farm boasts wines from dry to sweet, and everything in-between. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. through Thurs., Sat.; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday; 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday Location: 100 Hemsath Road in Augusta Contact: 636-482-4500 or noboleisvineyards.com. Know before you go: Sip wine with a casual lunch of pizza, sandwiches and salads. Don’t miss: Live music Saturdays and Sundays.

Augusta Winery

Spend an afternoon in the wine and beer garden sipping River Valley Red and noshing on pizza and fresh-baked bread. Pair locally produced cheese and sausage with Norton ‘Cynthiania’ 2008 or Dry Vignoles. Vineyards date back to the 1800s. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; 12 to 6 p.m., Sunday Location: 5601 High Street in Augusta Contact: 888-667-9463 or augustawinery.com. Know before you go: Managers and tasting staff are educated on Augusta wines, as well as other wines of the world. Don’t miss: Owl’s Nest, where wine courses are taught for private parties or corporate gatherings.

Montelle Winery

Tony Kooyumjian, winemaker and owner, is a third-generation Montelle vineyard owner. Wines have won many awards, including ‘Best of Show’ in California and four Missouri Governor Cup Awards. Try Himmelswein or River Country Red and check out the gorgeous views of Augusta. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Sunday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday Location: 201 Montelle Drive at Hwy. 94 in Augusta Contact: 636-228-4464 or montelle.com. Know before you go: Reservations are needed to drive limos onto the property. Don’t miss: Sunset Dinners featuring waiter service and a fixed menu.

Mount Pleasant Estates

The oldest winery in Augusta is home to many varieties of wines and also maintains a sustainable vineyard. Try some of the award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon American NV, Vignoles Missouri 2009, Merlot America NV and Norton Missouri 2007. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., everyday Location: 5634 High Street in Augusta Contact: 636-482-9463 or mountpleasant.com. Know before you go: Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash. Don’t miss: Complimentary tours are held every Saturday and Sunday through October.

DEFIANCE:

Yellow Farmhouse Vineyard & Winery

The winery, built on high ground, has a steep eastward-facing vineyard for spectacular sunrises, as well as views of the Missouri valley. Varietals include Norton and Traminette. Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 5 p.m. Location: 100 Defiance Road at Hwy 94 in Defiance Contact: 409-6139 or yellowfarmhousewines.com. Know before you go: The tasting room can accommodate up to 40 people in a general store-like atmosphere. Don’t miss: Picnic Hill, a grassy slope perfect for picnics along with colorful Adirondack chairs nestled into the hill—perfect for picnics!

Sugar Creek Vineyards & Winery

Try dry, semi-dry and fruit wines like Vidal Blanc, Chardonel, Michael’s Signature Red and Sunset Red. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday; noon to 5:30 p.m., Sunday Location: 125 Boone Country Lane, in Defiance Contact: 636-987-2400 or sugarcreekwines.com. Know before you go: Picnic baskets, food and coolers are always welcome. No pets or outside beverages are allowed. Don’t miss: Live music Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

Chandler Hill Vineyards

Gaze upon rolling hills of Chambourcin and Vignoles grapes as you enter the property. The 5,000 square-foot tasting room features a flat screen TV, comfortable chairs, couches and a fireplace. Try Lone Oak Vidal Blanc, River Birch Red Blend and Savage Norton. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday Location: 596 Defiance Road in Defiance Contact: 636-798-2675 or chandlerhillvineyards.com. Know before you go: The vineyard has a rich history, so ask to hear the story of its beginnings. Don’t miss: The restaurant features a sit-down menu, and includes items such as Chicken and brie panini and a boursin, sun-dried tomato and pesto torta.

HERMANN:

Stone Hill Winery

The winery is perched on a hill, overlooking the German community. Daily tours of the facilities offer guests the opportunity to learn about the winemaking process and walk through the ancient arched cellars. Try a glass of Hermannsberger or Vidal Blanc. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday Location: 1110 Stone Hill Highway in Hermann Contact: 573-486-2221 or stonehillwinery.com. Know before you go: Tours leave every half-hour on the hour, and cost $2.50 for adults and $1 for children. Don’t miss: VIP winery tours led by a member of the winemaking staff. Travel from the Norton vineyards to the tasting room and learn a few secrets along the way.

Adam Puchta Winery

The winery has a strong German background. The Puchta family came over from Hamburg when Adam was just 7, and the winery has been in the family ever since. Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. Location: 1947 Frene Creek Road in Hermann Contact: 573-486-5596 or adampuchtawine.com. Know before you go: The winery offers a range of bottles, from Vidal Blanc to Berry Black. Don’t miss: The Dry Brut and 1855 are at the winery, and are available.

OakGlenn Winery

The winery rests on the land once owned by George Husmann, one of the founding fathers of the American wine industry. Try the many kinds of Norton as well as the Chardonel Oak and the Moonbeam Melody. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily Location: 1104 Oak Glenn Place in Hermann Contact: 573-486-5057 or oakglenn.com. Know before you go: Live entertainment is provided every Saturday through September and Oktoberfest celebrations occur every weekend in October. Don’t miss: A sample of Norton, Chardonel Oak or Moonbeam Melody.

DUTZOW

Blumenhof Winery

Wines from Blumenhof have won awards from the Florida State Fair, the International Eastern Wine Competition, the Missouri State Fair and the New World International Wine Competition. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Saturday; 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday; noon to 5:30 p.m., Sunday. Location: 13699 South Highway 94 in Dutzow Contact: 800-419-2245 or blumenhof.com. Know before you go: Happy hours occur every Friday at 3 p.m. Don’t miss: Blumenhof’s 2010 Seyval, 2010 Vidal Blanc or 2009 Original Cyn.

FARMINGTON:

Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery

The winery is on a 180-acre farm, with 25 acres in vines. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Location: 6470 Hwy. F in Farmington Contact: 573-756-6500 or twinoaksvineyard.com. Know before you go: Beer is available, as well as an assortment of fresh meats, cheeses, crackers, fruit and chocolates. Don’t miss: The tasting room’s antique collection, movie memorabilia and cozy fireplace.

NEW HAVEN

Bommarito Estate Almond Tree Winery

Visit this stunning location for an atmosphere that is both quaint and quiet. The winery features wines such as Nick’s Hill, St. Vincent, Almond Tree Blush and Norton. The awards include Fingerlake’s International Wine Competition and the Missouri Governor’s Cup Competition. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday Location: 3718 Grant School Rd. in New Haven Contact: 573-237-5158 or bommaritoestatewinery.com. Know before you go: No pets or Charter buses are allowed on the property. Don’t miss: Nick Bommarito’s story-telling—ideally by the fireplace.

Röbller Vineyard Winery

Röbller’s wines have won many awards, including Best of Show and the Governor’s Cup Award for its 1991 Norton Reserve. Sample wines such as Villa Rouge, Kasselfest and Traminette. With more than 16 acres of rolling hills, the views are tremendous! Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday; noon to 6 p.m., Sunday. Location: 275 Robller Vineyard Road in New Haven Contact: 573-237-3986 or robllerwines.com. Know before you go: No pets are allowed on the property. Don’t miss: Live music and celebrations for Oktoberfest, weekends in October.

O’FALLON

Serenity Valley Winery

More than 30 wines are made in small batches on the premises of this boutique winery. White wines include Golden Pleasures, Summer Breeze and Shimmering Falls. Red wines include Moonlight Mystery, Restful Evening, Flight and others. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday though Saturday; call for Sunday and Monday times. Location: 973 Waterbury Falls in O’Fallon Contact: 636-300-9960 or serenitywinerymo.com. Know before you go: Custom wine labels are available. Don’t miss: A wine-making party: Learn how to make your favorite bottle and then take some home.

ST. CHARLES

Little Hills Winery and Restaurant

Relax in the main dining area or head upstairs to the loft and taste some of the winery’s award-winning wines. Owners David and Tammy Campbell also have a restaurant and wine shop on Main Street in St. Charles. Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sunday; 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Saturday. Location: 501 S. Main Street in St. Charles Contact: 636-946-9339 or littlehillswinery.com. Know before you go: The first deed for the property in which the winery is located today, dates back to 1805, one year after Lewis & Clark arrived. Don’t miss: Custom labels for gifts and unique wine stoppers in the gift shop.

ST. JAMES

St. James Winery

Offering a large variety of wines including, Cynthiana, Friendship School White, Velvet Red and Chardonel. Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday. Location: 540 State Route B in St. James Contact: 1-800-280-9463 or stjameswinery.com. Know before you go: Custom gift baskets are available for purchase. Don’t miss: Tours of the winery that run from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Three Squirrels Winery

Take a break at the beautiful countryside winery that also features an art gallery inside an old dairy barn. Hours: 1 to 5:30 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday. Location: 17301 State Route B in St. James Contact: 573-265-7742 or threesquirrelswinery.com. Know before you go: Soda and beer also are available for purchase. Don’t miss: Featured artwork by Catherine Honse and Kevin Haller.

STE. GENEVIEVE

Cave Vineyard

This property is extremely unique: It has a natural cave that doubles as a wine cellar and live music venue! Four different kinds of grapes are grown at the vineyard, including Chardonel, Traminette, Chambourcin and Cynthiana/Norton. After sipping wines in the tasting room, head to the Saltpeter Cave for a tour. Bring a picnic basket or have the winery pack one for you. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily (April through October); 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily (November through March). Location: 21124 Cave Road in Ste. Genevieve Contact: 573-543-5284 or cavevineyard.com. Know before you go: Pets are allowed on the property but not in the cave. Don’t miss: The Norton wine—one of the best in Missouri.

Chaumette Vineyards and Winery

This small boutique winery produces five to six thousand cases of wine each year. Visit the tasting room to try dry whites such as 2009 Chardonel Reserve, or dry reds such as Norton Reserve, N.V. The winery also has a restaurant on the property called The Grapevine Grill. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. (September 1 through October 31). Location: 24345 State Route WW in Ste. Genevieve Contact: 573-747-1000 or chaumette.com. Know before you go: The chef can make items for a picnic lunch. Don’t miss: Villas can be rented for an overnight stay. Get a massage or swim in the pool during warmer months.

Crown Valley Winery

The vineyard overlooks the countryside, and features a bistro for boxed lunches, sausages, cheese, and even cigars such as Cohiba, Dunhill and Arturo Fuente. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday. Location: 23589 State Route WW in Ste. Genevieve. Contact: 866-207-9463 or crownvalleywinery.com. Know before you go: Crown Valley also has a Brewing and Distilling Company; beers are available at the winery. Don’t miss: A 30-minute tour of the winery that also includes a tasting.

Sainte Genevieve Winery

The Hoffmeister family’s white wines include Ste. Gemme, Vignoles and Amoureaux, red wines Concord and Lady Genevieve. Experience the Christmas Plum Wine closer to the holidays. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Location: 245 Merchant Street in Ste. Genevieve Contact: 573-883-2800 or saintegenevievewinery.com Know before you go: Live music is held on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Don’t miss: 4th Friday Art Walk, which is held the fourth Friday of every month. Art galleries stay open from 5 to 9 p.m. in the area and feature photography by the wine maker.

Weingarten Vineyard

One of the area’s newest and largest wineries, Weingarten’s wine showcase includes Norton, Vivant, Princess Sweet, Chardonel and others. The Chambourcin Room serves dinner Saturday evenings from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Visit the deli for treats to pair with each wine selection. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday. Location: 12323 Rottler Lane in Ste. Genevieve Contact: 573-883-2505 or weingartenvineyard.com. Know before you go: No pets or children allowed. Don’t miss: The gift shop that features dishware, lotions, candles and outdoor décor.

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