“handcrafting award-winning wines”
Established in 1990 by Hank and Jackie Johnson, Chaumette Vineyards & Winery is located in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, home of the first colonial settlement on the west side of the Mississippi River by the French in the early 1730’s. Chaumette sits on 310 acres of land, 30 acres of which are grapevines, approximately seventy miles south of St. Louis, in the Ozark Mountain American Viticultural Area. The region, distinguished by rolling hills and the Saline Creek River Valley, is known to have a temperature differential of more than 5 degrees (warmer) compared to other Missouri wine regions, which is considered to be advantageous. Chaumette Winery is dedicated to handcrafting award-winning wines of distinction, and our diverse portfolio is comprised of more than a dozen wines from varieties such as Norton, Missouri’s state grape, Chardonel, a hybrid of Chardonnay and Missouri’s most widely planted white grape variety, Traminette, Chambourcin and Vignoles, all French-American hybrids. Chaumette is a boutique winery, producing between five and six thousand cases annually of mostly dry wines, with some semi-dry and semi-sweet styles as well as a vintage port and late harvest Chardonel in some years.
Chaumette is located at the edge of the Mark Twain National Forest, south of St. Louis. It's situated in an area of wooded, rolling hills that make for beautiful, expansive views from their outdoor dining patio, or if you're staying overnight, from the porch of one of their lovely, luxurious French Colonial villas. There's often a cooling breeze blowing which makes it feel less hot and humid in the warmer months. Their wines and food are superb, probably the best wine from the Midwestern United States I've tried. There's hiking nearby at Hawn State Park and in the Pickle Springs Natural Area. Take your mosquito repellent if they're in season. My only complaints about Chaumette are that their reservation system for overnight stays seems to have glitches, where online, rooms appear to be available, and you look again, and they're not. It's best to call, and even then, sometimes the staff seems confused. Also, their restaurant is only open two nights per week. However, overall, it's a great getaway.
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Chaumette Vineyard & Winery
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