Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Wine Tourism Day


Wine Tourism Day is happening in North America, Saturday May 11 for the first time ever!  Look for wineries, hotels, and restaurants to offer special events and incentives in celebration of wine tourism. Missouri has a lot to celebrate since we have A LOT of wineries (over 100).  The Missouri Wine and Grape Board does an amazing job of promoting the wine and grape industry which provides more than than 14,000 jobs.  Over twenty Missouri wineries will be participating in Wine Tourism Day. You can find them all HERE.  We are going to highlight four that really caught our eyes...

Sip & Dip Saturday
Cave Vineyard, Ste. Genevieve, MO
10AM-6PM, $5 per person

Cave Winery is giving you the chance to discover what Italians have known for ages; biscotti are excellent dunked in wine!

Your $5 Wine Tasting will include 5 samples of wine, a souvenir glass, Cave Vineyard Biscotti, and a taste of la Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life).  Dunking biscotti in wine is a Strussione family tradition, and all biscotti are based on Grandma Stussione's original Almond Biscotti recipe and made in their Winery Loft Bakery.  Feel free to experiment with different combinations of wine and biscotti!  Need another reason to stop by Cave Vineyard?  They really do have a cave on-site and you can drink your wine inside of it!  No joke; and their wine is superb.  We'll be heading down one hot summer day to enjoy some chilled wine in their cool cave. 

Road Trip Missouri - A Wine Tourism Adventure 
Wenwood Farm Winery, Bland, MO
10AM - 6PM, No Charge

Celebrate beautiful Missouri with a beautiful drive.

Wenwood Farm Winery came up with a really fun promotion for Wine Tourism Day, and if we didn't have a wedding to attend that evening, we probably would have ended up there.  Make sure you set your odometer before you head out to Wenwood Farm because they are donating 10 cents per mile to Earth's Classroom, a local non-profit dedicated to celebrating Missouri's history and natural world. The 3 visitors who traveled the farthest will each be mailed a gift certificate ($40, $20, $10).  We think this idea is great because a big part of enjoying Missouri wine tourism is driving. The drive between wineries can be a really special part of your trip.  We love seeing the country side and passing through small and large towns along the way.  Enjoy the drive!

Let's Go Fly A Kite - Wind and Wine 
Serenity Valley Winery, Fulton, Missouri 
10AM - 6PM, $10 Wine Flights ($5 goes to charity)

Let's go fly a kite!

If there are two things Serenity Valley Winery has it's WIND & SPACE.  We were just there last weekend for the Celebrate Spring event, and the land they are located on is just stunning countryside. It seems to go on forever.  They are inviting people to come fly a kite and enjoy their wine.  Pack up your picnic basket and bring the family to relax, sample their wines, and see how long you can keep your kite up.  They will be awarding a prize to the best kite; so get creative!  Wine Flights featuring 3 wines and food paring will be sold for $10, $5 of which goes to charity. 

Vineyard Tour in America's First Wine Region - Augusta Appellation
Augusta Winery, Augusta, MO
11AM - 3PM, $10 per person

Set foot on the ground that was deemed America's First Wine Region!

Vineyard Manager Paul will be taking groups out at 11AM and 1PM from the tasting room location in downtown, historic Augusta to tour one of their vineyards.  This tour will teach you about local varietals, recent growing seasons, and the wine making process.  You will even get to taste the grapes straight from the vine.  These tours will last between 1 to 1.5 hours and drop you off at their Wine and Beer Garden at the conclusion to enjoy live music until 5PM.  This is the event we will be participating in to celebrate Wine Tourism Day.  It worked out well since we have a wedding to attend that evening in Augusta.  We are really looking forward to getting a first-hand look at where the Augusta wine-making process starts.


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