We have vineyards at both of our winery locations.
At Our Estate Vineyard Location
Our main vineyard is at our winery situated on our farm in the beautiful Missouri River bluffs north of the Snow Creek Ski Area. Although we didn't know it at the time we purchased the farm, some of those vines were already in the ground. Someone had pulled the trellis posts from the vineyards, presumably to be used for fence posts, and left the trellis wires on the ground. The fields had not been tended in several years and the ground was overgrown and brushy.
As we began to clear the ground in preparation for mowing we discovered trellis wires. We then spent two winters rolling up wires, which we had to do before we could mow. Finally we rolled up all the wires and were able to mow. That spring, grape vines began to sprout up all in a row! We decided at that time that we should try to renovate those vineyards. We spent years working on those grapes but ultimately plowed under all but the hardy native Norton/Cynthiana. Those decades old Cynthiana/Norton vines continue to produce for us!
In the Spring of 2008 we planted an acre of Marechal Foch (a red variety) and an acre of Cayuga White in an area in front of our house at the farm. Those vines should begin to produce grapes for wine production in the 2011 or 2012 seasons.
In the spring of 2011 we planted an acre of Frontenac (a hearty red variety) and an acre of Traminette (a white variety). In the spring of 2012 we planted an acre of Vidal Blanc (a white grape) and an acre of St. Vincent (a red variety). We now have a total of seven acres of grapes which should keep us busy for a while!
At Our Highway 45 Winery Tasting Room Location
In the Spring of 2006, we planted Cayuga White and Concord grape varieties in a demonstration plot in front of the Winery location along Highway 45. When you visit the Winery you can wander through the vines to see how the grapes grow. If the grapes are ripe you can see how they taste! We don't use sprays on the grapes so you have no worries. In the Spring of 2013 we decided to remove the Concords and Cayuga White and replace them with Nortons, the Missouri State Grape! The new vines are just starting to reach toward the tops of the grow tubes and should be producing grapes in a couple of years.
In addition to the grapes we grow, we will continue to purchase grapes (e.g., Chardonel, Chambourcin) from other local growers as well.