Meramec Vineyards is in the Ozark Highlands viticultural area, where Maramec Spring spawns its trout and pours fresh water into the Meramec River (Meramec has a few different spellings) as it flows on to join Mark Twain’s Mississippi downstream from the St. Louis Arch. Italian settlers with their old world heritage of vines and wines established vineyards on this Ozark plateau just before the start of the 20th century. In the late 1960’s a resurgence of Missouri’s grape and wine industry drew more people to the world of vines and wines. Meramec Vineyards was founded in 1980 by Phyllis Meagher who purchased a 15 acres Concord vineyard first planted in 1921 by the Tessaros, one of the original Italian families.
Meramec Vineyards continued to grow this quintessential American grape, the Concord. At first the Concords were sold to home wine and juice makers, supermarkets and even in a roadside grape stand, the traditional way of grape growers in the area as well as other wineries. Soon, we began producing our own brand of grape juices from native American varieties, the Concord, Catawba and Niagara.
Meramec Vineyards fostered a dream to produce the full expression of the grapevine – wine.
A major expansion began in 1998 with new wine grape plantings and building a tasteful and inviting processing and retail building on Interstate 44 (formerly Route 66’s course) three miles from the vineyards. More vineyards with varieties prized for wine were planted. We began to put the grapes into wine and no longer produced the grape juices.
In 2017, the vineyard itself was sold to a new owner who continues to produce quality grapes from the property. We bought some of these same grapes from the new owner for our 2017 crush.
Visitors can enjoy where Missouri’s wine and grape history is celebrated.
In January of 2018, new owners bought Meramec Vineyards and began their dream of carrying Meramec Vineyards onward.