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

ST. JAMES, Mo. (March 9, 2017) – Originally released as a seasonal wine in 2015, Blackberry Blueberry from St. James Winery is now available all year in 16 states – everywhere their wines are sold.

“After successfully incorporating Blackberry Blueberry into our fruit wine line in 2016 in selected markets, our Tasting Room and online, we decided to expand to our other markets,” said Dean Chalem, vice president of sales at St. James Winery. “This wine is very popular and customers outside the limited distribution areas of Illinois and Ohio have been clamoring for us to make it available everywhere.”

Blackberry Blueberry is a sweet fruit wine that is a perfect blend of blackberries and blueberries. It has aromas of fresh baked berry cobbler with the intense, delicious flavors of blackberries and blueberries. These flavors develop evenly across the palate and remain for a rich, long berry finish.

Made with 100 percent real fruit, Blackberry Blueberry has no added colorings or flavors. As part of St. James Winery’s fruit wine line, it is on the list of the most awarded fruit wines in the U.S. This wine is a perfect addition to recipes for cooking, baking and mixed drinks. It comes in 750 mL bottles with a twist-off cap closure.

ST. JAMES, Mo. (March 1, 2017) – St. James Winery is offering people the chance to spend a summer weekend living the region’s outdoor lifestyle. From March 1, 2017 until April 30, 2017, people can enter daily in a sweepstakes to win a float trip for eight people in Missouri’s Meramec River region.

“This sweepstakes allows us show people the unique outdoor traditions we have in the Meramec Highlands region,” said Peter Hofherr, St. James Winery’s CEO. “Our vineyards sustainably grow flavors that reflect the natural character of each of our grape varieties and the special place they are grown. Our intention is to share our area with others so they can experience how the outdoors enrich our lives and how we make your life sweeter with St. James wine.”

Winners of the sweepstakes will receive a trip for eight people the weekend of Friday, August 4, 2017 through Sunday, August 6, 2017. The trip includes:

  • Two (2) night stay in a cabin at Bass’ River Resort in Steelville, Mo. on Friday and Saturday night
  • Dinner and drinks at Public House Brewing Company: St. James Taproom and tour of the Fermentation Campus, which includes the brewery and St. James Winery, in St. James, Mo. on Friday night
  • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday at Bass’ River Resort
  • Bag lunch and float trip on Saturday at Bass’ River Resort
  • BBQ dinner on Saturday night at Bass’ River Resort
  • Tour of St. James Winery vineyards and lunch at St. James Vineyard Cottage on Sunday

No purchase is necessary to enter or win. A purchase does not increase the chances of winning. Winners must be available for the weekend chosen. If the winner is not available, an alternate winner will be chosen by St. James Winery to receive the prize. Entrants, winner and participants must be 21 year old. View full terms and conditions.

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St. James Winery is excited to announce our new Concord sweet red wine, which releases on March 31, 2017.

The wine is a tribute to the Concord grapes grown in the Ozark Highlands along Missouri’s Historic Route 66 for over 115 years. A long-term contract with a prestigious juice, jam and jelly company helped make these high-quality Concord grapes famous. Every year during harvest, Italian descendants still set up Concord grape stands along the highway to sell their fruit to travelers.

The Concord wine is juicy and sweet, with an intense grape jam flavor and light finish. Serve it at refrigerator temperature, over ice or mixed with a club soda to create a light, grape spritzer.

On March 31, the new Concord sweet red wine will be available for purchase in the Tasting Room, online at StJamesWinery.com and in retail stores where St. James Winery wines are sold.

That evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., we will host a special tasting event in our St. James Winery Tasting Room in St. James, Mo. Second-generation owner Peter Hofherr will discuss how Concord grapes have shaped the history of the area and sign bottles upon request. We’ll also be serving complimentary samples of the new Concord wine along with food pairings.

St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company are proud sponsors of the four-day True/False Film Fest in Columbia, Mo. for the next three years.

According to their website, True/False offers a heightened four-day weekend of creative placemaking in which filmmakers, artists, musicians and others remake the mid-sized college town into a one-of-a-kind utopia. The transformative, rambunctious, ecstatic experience of T/F creates a cathartic journey that forces participants to do nothing less than to re-imagine reality.

Like our winery and brewery, True/False believes in doing what is environmentally and socially just for our local and global community.

St. James Winery is a super sponsor and the exclusive wine and cider sponsor of the festival. Public House Brewing Company is a silver sponsor. The wine, hard cider and beer from both companies will be poured at all events throughout the festival.

There’s still time to purchase passes to the True/False Film Fest March 2-5, 2017. We look forward to seeing you there!

Join St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company for their Grapes & Grain Fun Run on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the St. James Vineyard Cottage in St. James, Mo.

Run or walk the 5K (3.1 miles) off-road path surrounded by the beauty of the St. James Winery vineyards and farm. For liquid encouragement throughout the race, enjoy small pours of wine or beer at miles one and two. At the finish line, celebrate your success with a commemorative glass full of wine or beer!!

After the race, enjoy complimentary energy-boosting snacks or purchase a picnic kit and drinks. Bring your blankets or chairs if you’d like to stay and listen to a live music performance by Hey Dave from 11-2 p.m. We’ll also have yard games if you are in a competitive spirit.

Dogs are welcome on the course, but they must be leashed and you must pick up after them.

Proceeds from the Fun Run benefit the Friendship School House Foundation, an organization dedicated to engaging and educating the Missouri craft beverage industry and local community on sustainability best practices.

Registration for participants is $25 per person. To register download and complete the form or register online. Participants of the Grapes & Grain Fun Run must be at least 21 years old.

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. | Participant Sign-In
10 a.m. | Grapes & Grain Fun Run Starts
10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.| Picnic Food & Drinks
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Hey Dave Live Music

Contact Events Coordinator Gina Maben for more information:
E: gina.maben@stjameswinery.com | P: 573-261-3338

St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company invite you to beat the winter doldrums with fun activities at our first annual Warm Up Winterfest at the St. James Fermentation Campus (540 State Route B St. James, MO 65559) on Saturday, January 28 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

We’ll have live music and dancing demos, a wine and beer tasting contest, winter crafts, and food specials.

Our Warm Up Winterfest Schedule of Events:

Family-Friendly Activities
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Winter Crafts

Live Music & Dance
12 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Live Music
3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Ozark Spirit Cloggers
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Missouri S&T Swing Dance Club Performance & Lesson
6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Shakey Deal Live Music

Winery & Brewery Experience
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. | St. James Winery & Public House Brewing Company Blind Tasting Contest
($5 per person; limited to 30 people)
Identify what wine or beer you are drinking by taste, smell and sight. The fastest wins!
Food & Drink
All Day | Winter Food Specials & Warm Drinks

We’ll offer three delicious soups, deep-fried Bitterballen bites, and hot chocolate, plus our full Taproom menu will be available all day as well.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.| Hot Chocolate Toppings Bar

The largest vineyards in the state at St. James Winery became the first to receive Agriculture Stewardship Assurance Program (ASAP) certification in the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s new specialty crop category. Pictured from left: Dan Diering, Sam Cobb, George Gillis, Nick Woodworth, Josh Ashby, Karl Richards, Andrew Meggitt, Al Martin, Toby Owens, Dee Anderson and Peter Hofherr. Not pictured are Raul Rosas and Scott Veatch.

Our vineyards, the largest in the state, became the first to receive the Agriculture Stewardship Assurance Program (ASAP) certification in the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s new specialty crop category. ASAP was launched to recognize farmers who are doing the best for Missouri’s land, farms and families.

“Ever since starting the winery and growing grapes, my family has been conscientious of caring for the land,” says Peter Hofherr, Chairman and CEO of St. James Winery. “Agriculture sustains this region’s economic base and we take responsibility for our land by using efficient and sustainable practices. This helps the long-term quality and success of our business, our community and our future generations.”

ASAP is a certification program that champions Missouri farmers who are responsible stewards of the land, provide safe food for consumers, practice environmental stewardship and use science-based technology for growing safe and dependable feed, fuel, specialty crops or fiber in a socially and economic manner. It was launched in 2015.

“This certification validates what we are doing,” says Andrew Meggitt, Executive Winemaker at St. James Winery. “It is very important to our farm crew to be recognized for how much care they take in sustainably growing grapes. Without their attention to detail, we wouldn’t have quality fruit. We all strive to leave the land better than when we found it; that’s the goal every day.”

At 185 acres, our vineyards have been producing grapes since 1973. We use moisture probes at the root zone to efficiently water plants only when needed. We plant buffer strips using cover crops like clover, radishes, winter wheat and rye to control erosion and water loss, and to protect surface water. Switching to more fuel efficient equipment means we use 50% less fuel. Grape waste from harvest goes back to the vineyards in the form of mulch. These examples of best management practices, along with many others, are why we received the certification.

2015 Vignoles Beat Out 308 wines for Missouri Wine Competition’s Top Award

St. James Winery won the prestigious Missouri Governor’s Cup for the second year in a row. Out of seven best-of-class winners, the 2015 Vignoles, a semi-dry white vignoles, took the top award at the Missouri Wine Competition. A total of 308 wines were submitted from vineyards across the state to compete in the premiere competition designed to recognize and promote quality wines made in Missouri.

The winery’s 2015 Dry Vignoles and Friendship School White also won Gold Medals. Additionally, St. James Winery won four Silver Medals and five Bronze Medals for wines entered in other categories.

“We are extremely proud of Andrew Meggitt and his team on this outstanding achievement,” said Peter Hofherr, St. James Winery chairman and CEO. “Over the last three years, the team has won five international wine competitions, two Governor’s Cups and scored a top 14 ranking in the world. These are truly extraordinary accomplishments given the challenging weather patterns we’ve experienced. Without the day-to-day hard work and attention to detail in the vineyards and cellar, these incredible results would not have been achieved.”

2016_governors_cupThe Missouri Wine Competition took place in Columbia, Mo. on July 19 and 20. The competition is judged by the top wine and beverage experts from around the nation. Only Missouri wines are judged in this competition – those that received best-in-class honors were considered for Governor’s Cup.

Missouri’s premier white varietal, the Vignoles, is a French-American hybrid grape. Out of 150 acres of grapes that St. James Winery farms in the Ozark Highlands American Viticultural Area (AVA) of Missouri, 10 percent are Vignoles.

Founded by the Hofherr family in the Meramec Highlands region of Missouri in 1970, St. James Winery, located in St. James, Mo., is celebrating 46 years as a family owned and operated winery. It is Missouri’s largest and most awarded winery. St. James Winery produces 500,000 gallons (225,000 cases) of wine per year and is sold in 18 states and Washington D.C. For more information, visit StJamesWinery.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

St. James Winery is pleased to introduce McIntyre Cider, its new line of premium hard apple ciders. Starting July 8th, 2016, McIntyre Cider hard apple ciders will be available at select retailers and the St. James Winery Tasting Room.

St. James Winery’s Executive Winemaker, Andrew Meggitt, was inspired to create the new McIntyre Cider line in France. While honing his skills with master French winemakers, Meggitt and his wife took time to tour cideries throughout the countryside. He found these cideries creating flavorful and intriguing ciders using a unique European style.

Meggitt brought this European hard cider style back to the States and, in time, crafted the four benchmark flavors of McIntyre Cider hard apple ciders. Each is crafted using 100% natural fruit juices that create crisp, premium flavors distinctly different than the sweeter cider varieties on the market today.

The four flavors of McIntyre Cider are: Hard Apple Cider, Blackberry Hard Apple Cider, Peach Hard Apple Cider, and Strawberry Hard Apple Cider.

  • McIntyre Cider’s Hard Apple Cider offers the bold, crisp taste of juicy apples. Thanks to its European style, Hard Apple offers a distinct light and off-dry flavor.
  • McIntyre Cider’s Blackberry Hard Apple Cider offers the unique flavor of blackberry jam mixed with the clean, crisp taste of apples. This cider reminds you of picking blackberries during summer with its tart berry notes.
  • McIntyre Cider’s Peach Hard Apple Cider offers subtlety not often found in peach-flavored beverages: Peach Hard Apple has mouthwatering ripe peach notes blended perfectly with crisp apple without unnatural or cloying sweetness.
  • McIntyre Cider’s Strawberry Hard Apple Cider is summer itself, ripe strawberry melding effortlessly with bright apple.

McIntyre Cider offers you the highest quality cider in Missouri. Each premium hard apple cider is made with 100% pure and natural fruit juices—meaning no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners. McIntyre Cider is naturally gluten free.

With more than 40 years creating the most awarded wines in Missouri, St. James Winery is pleased to add McIntyre Cider to its premium beverage family. St. James Winery dedicates its efforts to creating the finest wine and fruit juices available, and McIntyre Cider is another excellent example of the winery’s devotion to offering its customers only the highest quality products.

To learn more about McIntyre Cider, please visit www.McIntyreCider.com

About St. James Winery
Founded in 1970 by Pat & Jim Hofherr, St. James Winery has grown to become the largest, most awarded winery in Missouri. Located along I-44 in the beautiful Ozark Highlands of Missouri in the town of St. James, the winery is a fun place to visit for a day trip. www.stjameswinery.com

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