The Source of Our Wines
There is a saying that wine is made in the vineyard. The wine is only as good or great as the grapes. Meramec Vineyards maintained their own vineyards for years. In 2017, the vineyards, located just three miles from the winery, were sold to a enthusiastic new owner who continues to tenderly care for the plantings of six varieties of grapes: Vignoles, Seyval, Niagara, Norton, Stark Star and Concord.
Our area became an established grape growing area due to prohibition! After that law passed, the Welch Company came out here to get the Italian immigrants (with their old world heritage of grape growing) to grow Concord grapes for them.
The Concord acreage in our county has shrunk from its high of over 2000 acres in the late 1960’s when the modern wine industry’s grape varieties came to the fore. Yet even today our county, Phelps, has the most grape acreage in Missouri due to that leg up from prohibition, no less.
Our vineyards are in the Ozark Highlands viticultural area, a designation showing the source of our grapes. We are also in a larger Ozark Mountain viticultural area which extends into Arkansas and Oklahoma.