Join us for Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 17th, in The Gardens at Public House Brewing Company.  This annual, family-friendly event allows us to come together and celebrate the culmination of our grape harvest. The day’s schedule includes a Winemaker Series wine tasting, live music, and crafts for kids. The Gardens are decorated beautifully for fall, admission and activities are free, and the forecasted weather looks ideal. Read more on the Public House Event Page: https://www.publichousebrewery.com/upcoming-events/2020-harvest-festival/

There is much to celebrate! Executive Winemaker, Andrew Meggitt, and Vineyard Manager, Sam Cobb, shared some insights about this year’s Harvest.  During the forty two day Harvest, over 950 tons of grapes were gathered from our local vineyards.  This tonnage includes twelve varietals of grapes that are in full production, and five from our experimental blocks.  Sam and Andrew agreed that, while the environmental factors created challenges, the hard work of our dedicated staff paid off.  Sam further explained, “As a whole, I think Missouri had a rough growing season. Some of our favorite varietals suffered significant damage from the frost early in the season, while others tolerated the inclement weather better”.  While overall yield was down, Andrew added, “The quality we harvested was excellent. Norton was more consistent from site to site than we have had in ten years”.

Speaking of Norton, the long-awaited Norton 42 is available now in our tasting room.  Read more about our Winemaker Series wines here, and remember there’s a tasting from 1 pm – 3 pm in The Gardens during Harvest Festival.

Cheers to our cellar and vineyard crews for their outstanding work and dedication. 🥂 Let’s celebrate together at Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 17th!

Harvest is a crazy, busy time of year at St. James Winery. Grapes come in by the truckload to swirl in the crush pit and flow through the juicer to move along into the cellar where they will become wine. The aromas alone are intoxicating. Vignoles grapes smell of fresh-cut-grass and honey. Concord fills the air with palpable homemade jam aromas.

Our vineyard and cellar crews work day and night to make it happen. St. James Winery has 185 acres of vineyard, with the annual harvest being the culmination of growing flavors that are crafted into award-winning wines you know and love. This is truly farm-to-table agriculture in the heart of Missouri wine country.

With us being a little over three weeks into our 2019 grape harvest, we thought it was time to give you an update on what’s happening by asking Executive Winemaker, Andrew Meggitt, a few questions.

Of the varieties you’ve harvested so far, which are you most excited about and why?
Valvin Muscat and Seyval. Valvin has an aroma profile that crosses from floral to tropical – bodes well for the wine (Valvin Muscat is in our Moscato).
Seyval has a depth and tannin structure that we have not seen in 5-6 years. (It) should transform into a very interesting wine (Seyval is in the Winemaker Series Seyval).

How are you feeling about the grape harvest so far (i.e. quality, aromas, taste, etc.)?
(I’m) never really happy with it until I see the wines in December, January.
Quality has been consistent through all the varieties, standouts are the Valvin Muscat and the Seyval.
The Vignoles is like a snow leopard. You know it’s there but can’t find it and when you do, it’s magnificent.

How much tonnage have you harvested so far?
1300 + / –

How has the weather impacted this year’s harvest?
Yes, the rain has made it very challenging. All varieties are 10-20 days later than normal.
The rain and cooler summer made harvesting condensed on the early varieties where we may have normally had 10 to 12 days – we had 10-24 hours between varieties.

The first night of harvest you mentioned wanting to focus on the winemaking more in-depth this year. Can you elaborate on this statement?
We have constantly pushed ourselves to run trials over the past few years. That’s where we get better results and see improvements in the wines. The last 2 years, we have not done this due to time and space constraints. We are experimenting on varieties this year.

What are some of the difficulties you’ve faced with this year’s harvest?
Weather – space – staff shortage – compressed harvest period – weather (did I mention that?).

How many employees are on the farm crew and how many employees are on the cellar crew?
Farm: 9 + Raul (Viticulturist) and Sam (Vineyard Manager)

Cellar: Myself + Aaron (Assistant Winemaker)  + Chaz (Winemaker) + Kendra (Lab) + 6
(3 of the farm staff are currently working in the cellar for harvest)

What is the estimated number of weeks remaining for harvest? 
Approximately, 4 more weeks.

We hope you look forward to seeing how the 2019 varietals turn out. Until then, you can enjoy our current selections and as always, cheers! 

Traditionally, Nouveau is the first wine bottled to celebrate the recent harvest. This year, our farm team harvested 1950.7 tons of grapes in just under two and a half months, so we certainly have a reason to celebrate! Our cellar crew selected some of the best grapes of harvest and has expertly crafted them into the 2017 St. James Nouveau.

After only a few weeks of fermentation, this small batch of excellence will debut Thursday, November 16. This wine is intended to be enjoyed young and, because it is handcrafted in an elite small batch, it is being introduced as a part of the St. James Winemaker Series. Our Winemaker Series selections are available only for a limited time online and in our Tasting Room. Don’t procrastinate ordering or you may miss the opportunity to enjoy them!

The tradition of creating a Nouveau originated in the Beaujolais region of France where the wine would release the third week of November after each harvest. Following in the French tradition, St. James Winery began creating a regional Nouveau 20 years ago from right here in the Meramec Highlands.

Our 2017 debut will begin with our complimentary annual tasting event, Friday, November 17. You are invited to sample this dry red wine from 5 – 7 p.m. in the St. James Winery Tasting Room. Nouveau displays aromas and flavors of black cherries and plums and we will be pairing it with roast beef, black olives, and chocolate covered cherries.

We hope your will join our St. James family and be a part of this tradition and help us celebrate our bountiful harvest!

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The Countdown to Cranberry is almost over! For the fifth year in a row, St. James Winery’s Cranberry sweet wine will be available for a limited time starting Sunday, October 1.

We have the perfect answer for holiday parties, cocktails and gifts. Our wine is crafted from 100% cranberry juice with all natural ingredients, so there’s nothing artificial about this sweet, yet mildly tart winter seasonal. With these premium ingredients, you can rest assured you are providing friends and family with excellence.

Serve this bright and festive wine at any holiday meal. It pairs wonderfully with ham or turkey and is the perfect choice for sharing with friends and family throughout the season.

In need of inspiration for planning that perfect holiday party? Then we invite you to visit our Cranberry Wine ideas page for featured recipes.

Just remember, being our top selling seasonal selection, our Cranberry wine has become a favorite tradition and will not last long on the shelves. Find it online, in our tasting rooms and in stores that carry St. James Winery products.

Happy holidays from our family to yours!

St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company invite you to celebrate the bountiful fall harvest with us at the family-friendly Second Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 7 in The Gardens at St. James from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The Gardens is an outdoor gathering place shared by and located between the winery and brewery in St. James, Mo. (551 State Route B, St. James, MO 65559).

Activities include:

Farmer’s Market | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Honey, heritage foods, mums, crafts, meats, homemade pies and bread, with more items added everyday


  • Cottage Made Soaps
  • Bourbon Honey Farm
  • Arbor Vitae Pendants
  • Gemstone Farm
  • Joyce Schaefferkoetter Baked Goods
  • Lavender and Culinary Herb Farm
  • Circle B. Ranch
  • Show Me Kettle Korn
  • Ronni’s Ovenless Lovin’s
  • Food For Your Soul

Family Activities and Games | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Face painting, pumpkin painting, hula hoops, pumpkin ring toss

Live Music and Dance

• 11 a.m. – Hey Dave
• 2:30 p.m. – Italian Dance Performers
• 3 p.m. – Red Velvet Crush
• 7 p.m. – Shakey Deal

Free Winery and Brewery Tours

• 2 p.m. – Public House Brewing Company and St. James Winery tour (meet at the Brewery Tasting Bar)
• 2 p.m. – St. James Winery Vineyard Tour (meet at the Vineyard Cottage – 19506 County Road 1000, St. James, MO 65559)
• 4 p.m. – Public House Brewing Company and St. James Winery tour (meet at the Brewery Tasting Bar)

Ticketed Blind Tasting Contest
5:30 p.m. – $5 per person – limited to 30 people.
Taste and identify wine and beer in the Brewery cellar (meet at the Brewery Tasting Bar). The fastest wins a prize.

• 1st place wins $30
• 2nd place wins $20
• 3rd place wins $15

Purchase tickets at: https://phbc.ticketspice.com/blind-tasting-contest-at-the-harvest-festival

View Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/218610762005212/

St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company are hosting their inaugural Crush Festival at The Gardens in St. James, Mo. on Saturday, August 26 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. The Gardens is located between the winery and brewery in St. James, Mo. (551 State Route B, St. James, MO 65559).

We have many FREE fun activities planned for the day:

  • GRAPE STOMP | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Stomp grapes in a barrel like Lucy! We promise we don’t use this juice in our wine!
  • BREWERY/WINERY TOURS AND TASTING | 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
    All tours start at the brewery Tasting Bar and end at the winery.
  • COOPERAGE DEMO | 4:30 p.m.
    Learn how wine barrels are made. Representatives from Independent Stave Company in Lebanon, Mo. will provide a live demonstration.
    • Greg Oliveras | 11 a.m.
    • Steve Kirn | 3 p.m.
    • Hey Dave | 7 p.m.

In addition to the events in The Gardens, we are holding an exclusive ticketed three-course Shrimp Boil with select wine pairings starting at 6:30 p.m. at a special location – the St. James Winery Vineyard Cottage (19506 CR 1000, St. James, MO 65559), which is next to the winery’s vineyards.

Tickets are limited to 40 seats. Cost per ticket is $40.


Reception Course:

  • Brut Champagne American (effervescent sparkling wine with flavors of bright citrus, peach and honeycomb) paired with Andouille and Havarti Croquets with smoked paprika and garlic aioli.

Shrimp Boil Course:

  • Pioneer White (dry white wine with smokey oak and pineapple aromas with zesty gooseberry and kiwi on the palate) paired with Shrimp, corn-on-the-cob, potatoes and onions.

Dessert Course:

  • Summer Berry (with a sweet blend of Strawberry, Peach, Blueberry and Raspberry wines, it has a refreshing and lively fruit punch flavor with tart berry and stone fruits) paired with Angel Food Cake with whipped cream topped with fresh fruit from the local Farmer’s Market.

Purchase Shrimp Boil tickets online now: https://phbc.ticketspice.com/shrimp-boil-the-crush-festival

Our St. James Winery vineyard team works hard year-round to grow the best flavors. Bud rubbing is an important task that typically takes place in late spring and directly impacts the way the grapes develop.

By removing the shoots and buds that are starting to grow on the lower parts of the vine, it helps send all the energy and nutrients into the grapes and canopy during this important growth time.

Watch William McIntyre, a member of our vineyard staff, show how it’s done in the St. James Winery vineyards:

Now that you are familiar with what bud rubbing is and how it impacts our grapes, taste the fruits of our past labors!

Come and try the 2016 Nouveau on Friday, November 18, 2016, in the St. James Winery Tasting Room! Traditionally, Nouveau is the first wine bottled to celebrate the recent harvest and is made to be enjoyed young. We’ll pair it with cheese, meat, and chocolate, so stop in anytime 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This event is complimentary!

Tasting Notes: This dry red wine has aromas and flavors of red raspberries, cocoa, and juicy red cherries. It is well-structured with a lasting finish. Our 2016 Nouveau will only be available in the St. James Winery Tasting Room for a limited time.

Learn more here.

St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company are excited to announce our First Annual Harvest Festival.  This family-friendly Italian heritage event celebrates the bountiful harvest of the Meramec Highlands. Join us on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. in The Gardens at St. James (540 & 551 State Route B, St James, MO).

Harvest festival activities include:

Farmer’s Market
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Honey, heritage foods, mums, crafts, meats, homemade pies and bread

Family Activities & Games
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Face Painting and Pumpkin Painting
1 p.m. | Hula Hoop Contest (prizes will be awarded)
2 p.m. | Pumpkin Ring Toss (prizes will be awarded)
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Learn & Play Bocce Ball

Live Music & Dance
12 p.m. – 2 p.m. | Clayton Caspari
3 p.m. | Italian Dance Performance
4 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Red Velvet Crush
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Rosewood Band

Winery & Brewery Tours
1 p.m. | St. James Winery Vineyard Tour & Tasting
($5 each; includes one winery wine glass and tastings of two wines or juices; all ages welcome; purchase tickets day of event; meet at The Vineyard Cottage – 19506 County Road 1000, St. James, Mo.)

  • Hear from Wayne Bledsoe, historian and host of KMST’s Bluegrass for a Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Sounds, about the Italian history of the area. After Bledsoe’s history lesson, Peter Hofherr, the winery’s CEO, will guide you through the vineyards explaining how the grapes are grown. During the tour, you will taste two different wines (or juices).

3 p.m. | St. James Winery Tour and Wine Blending Experience
($25 each; includes your choice of one bottle of wine [excluding Podium or Library wines] or six-pack of cider to take home; limited to 20 participants; purchase tickets day of event; must be 21 years old to participate)

  • Peter Hofherr, the winery’s CEO, will take you on a journey through the cellar and warehouse, all while explaining the winemaking process and history of the winery. After the tour, you’ll get to blend your own glass of wine with the help of Andrew Meggitt, executive winemaker.

4 p.m. | Public House Brewing Company Tour and Beer Styles Sensory Experience
($25 each; includes your choice of one six-pack of beer or cider to take home; limited to 20 participants; purchase tickets day of event; must be 21 years old to participate)

  • Matt Burkhardt, the brewery’s head brewer, will explain how beer is made and show you the 20-barrel brew house. You’ll even get to try fermenting beer, pulled straight from the fermenter. After the tour, you’ll get to sample nine different styles of beer and Burkhardt will explain what flavors and aromas you can expect from each style.

Food & Drink
All Day | Italian-Style Food Specials
6 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Mixology demonstrations

If you are a local farmer, and would like to participate in the farmer’s market, contact:
Gina Maben, Event Coordinator
573-261-3338 | gina.maben@stjameswinery.com

Winemaking inherently depends on the land and the environment, so it makes sense that we would want to give back as an industry. Plus, the benefits of sustainable wine production aren’t just for the environment. Consumers are increasingly seeking out sustainably produced wine, and saving resources can also keep cash in your coffers.

With the right planning, sustainable practices can be a great boon to winemakers, consumers, and Mother Earth.

Here are six ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle at your winemaking operation, from setting water consumption KPIs to finding your inner artist.

Read the full article here at WinesandVines.com.