St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company open the doors to The Gardens to kick off summer.

St. James, MO – April 4, 2016 – St. James Winery and Public House Brewing Company in St. James, Missouri are officially kicking off summer with the grand opening of The Gardens on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 11AM until close. The Gardens is a beautifully landscaped outdoor wine and beer garden, located directly between the winery and brewery. It’s the perfect place to gather, relax, and enjoy St. James Winery wines and Public House Brewing Company beers.

For the grand opening event, The Gardens will offer four wood-fired specialty pizzas highlighting locally-sourced ingredients from Missouri farmers, all designed by Public House Brewing Company’s Chef and Food Director, Alex Giger.

The brewery will feature their summer seasonal, Thorn & Heat Strawberry Wheat Ale, and the winery will pre-release their popular summer seasonal, Peachy Sangria.

There will be live band performances – at 12PM Brian Muench, at 3PM Shakey Deal, and at 7PM The Meanwells. Attendees can enjoy on-site Bocce Ball, life-size Chess, and Bean Bag Toss. Families and pets are welcome at the event.

The Gardens is easily accessible to I-44 (540 State Route B St. James, MO 65559), and abundant parking is available.

For More Information Call 800-280-9463, visit www.stjameswinery.com/the-gardens, or view the Facebook event.

Sonoma, CA—St. James Winery 2014 Vignoles of the Ozark Highlands, Missouri was voted the Best White Wine at the recent East vs. West Wine Competition held in Santa Rosa, CA. On its way to the top prize, Vignoles was also named Best White Wine at the International Eastern Wine Competition.

The IEWC, which includes wines from all over the east coast and Midwest to the continental divide, determined the best wines in various categories (Sparkling, White, Rose, and Red), with the winners tasted blind against the best from a concurrent West Coast Competition. The St. James 2014 Vignoles won over a noted California Sauvignon Blanc.

“We are delighted at this prestigious honor, and very proud of our team here at St. James for their commitment to quality in the vineyards and wine cellar,” said CEO Peter Hofherr. “Their efforts and the professionalism of the competition judges confirm that we make superb wines here in Missouri.”

In addition to Vignoles’ top prize, St. James Winery Friendship School White, a blend of estate grown grapes, was also judged as Best of Class for white blends. St. James Winery also won several other medals for other wines.

“Vignoles is a grape variety that grows very well in Missouri, and can make different styles of wine from dry to medium sweet and even late harvest dessert wines,” said Executive Winemaker Andrew Meggitt. “It is encouraging that even judges from California, where they don’t grow Vignoles have an appreciation for its special aroma and taste.”

The 2014 Vignoles has already won a host of wine competitions. It was awarded the Missouri Governor’s Cup and named Best Wine in Missouri and a last July. Other awards for the 2014 Vignoles include three Best of Class, two Double Gold, and four Gold medals.

In 2015 St. James Winery wines won a total of more than 200 medals in major wine competitions including 13 Best of Class awards, 7 Double Gold medals, and 36 Gold Medals, and during the first two months of 2016, St. James Winery has already won more than 40 medals.

St. James Winery, the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri, has been making exceptional wines for more than 45 years. Learn more about St. James Winery at stjameswinery.com.

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Food and wine lovers!

Prepare for the ultimate experience in wine, exquisite cuisine, and rich culture as we explore all Tuscany has to offer.

Join the University Club of the University of Missouri, St. James Winery, and COMO Living Magazine for this amazing excursion hosted by the University Club’s John LaRocca and St. James Winery’s Peter Hofherr.

This year’s tour runs June 19 – 25 and includes:

  • Culinary classes at Apicius Culinary School in Florence
  • Private tours of Parmigiano Cheese & Prosciutto Ham factories in Parma
  • Guided tour of sustainable winery + wine tasting and lunch
  • Guided tour traditional balsamic vinegar factory
  • Walking tour of Renaissance Florence
  • Guided visit to Galleria dell”Accademia with Michelangelo’s David
  • First class accommodations in a boutique hotel in Florence
  • Daily breakfast + most lunches and dinners
  • Wine workshop

Visit the CAFNR at the University of Missouri for complete details and registration information!

Making wine is the true passion of St. James Winery’s Executive Winemaker, Andrew Meggitt’s, and it’s no surprise, as a New Zealand native, that Sauvignon Blanc is one of his favorite wines. To honor Meggitt’s exceptional winemaking skills as well as his homeland, St. James Winery has released a new Sauvignon Blanc for 2016.

The Sauvignon Blanc Meggitt has crafted for St. James Winery is a straightforward, honest wine with bold, clean favors and the characteristic Sauvignon Blanc zing on the palate. This new wine also reflects Meggitt’s penchant for blending old and new world winemaking techniques, techniques he learned earlier in his career while working at wineries in France and New Zealand.

Made with fruit from Washington state’s Yakima Valley, Meggitt’s Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of guava, kiwi, and white peach. Enjoy a bright fresh palate and characteristic flavors of key lime and bell pepper. A dry white wine, St. James Winery’s Sauvignon Blanc has no residual sugar and 12% alcohol.

Look for St. James Winery Sauvignon Blanc online at stjameswinery.com and in stores wherever St. James Winery wines are sold.

St. James Winery, the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri, has been making exceptional wines for more than 45 years.Learn more about St. James Winery at stjameswinery.com

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The iconic Route 66, also known as “Main Street of America,” is a fixture in American popular culture. Ever since St. James Winery opened in 1970, the Main Street of America has been an everyday part of the winery’s life because the original route runs directly past the St. James Winery Vineyards and Tasting Room and through the town of St. James.

This summer to celebrate and honor the tradition and heritage of Route 66, St. James Winery’s Country Red and Country White wines are getting a fresh new look with eye-catching art that pays tribute to the winery’s little piece of “The Mother Road.” The labels feature a distinctive old blue pickup truck motoring down the road, its bed filled with crates of red and white grapes and sporting a Route 66 license plate on the back bumper.

St. James Winery Country Red and Country White wines are both delicious sweet wines. Country Red is bursting with delicate fruity flavors and aromas and flavors of fresh berries, while Country White features flavors of ripe pears, green apples, and melons. Both pair well with spicy foods, making them the perfect choice for a backyard barbecue featuring hot and spicy sauces.

Look for the new labels on St. James Winery’s Country Red and Country White wines at grocery and wine stores throughout the South and Midwest. St. James Winery, the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri, has been making exceptional wines for 45 years. Find the winery online at stjameswinery.com.


Exploring Italy, particularly the wine and cheese region of Tuscany, is almost always on a wine-lover’s bucket list. Meandering through the gorgeous countryside, indulging in fine food and savoring incredible local wines – this is the year to make it happen! Join St. James Winery, along with the University Club of MU, and the Mizzou Hospitality Management School on a Tour of Tuscany.

The ten day trip, scheduled from June 26 – July 4, 2015, includes culinary classes at Tuscany’s Apicius Culinary School, private tours of Parma’s Parmigiano Cheese Factory, winery and traditional balsamic vinegar factory tours, as well as walking tours of San Lorenzo’s fresh food market and Renaissance Florence. Daily breakfast plus most lunches and dinners are also part of the first-class accommodations.

Learn more about the tour on Monday, February 9, at an informational meeting hosted at the University Club from 5:30pm-7pm. The reception features photos from last year’s trip, Italian specialty foods, and award-winning wines from St. James Winery. Attendees from last year’s trip will also be in attendance. Prizes (Riedel wine glasses, University Club gift certificates, and St. James Winery wines) will be awarded to people who sign up for the trip during the meeting.

The reception is complimentary; however, reservations are required (call 573-882-2586). Applications and reservations for the Tour of Tuscany must be paid in full no later than May 1, 2015. For the tour, per person rates are $3,100 (double) $3,700 (single), not including airfare. A tentative schedule of events for the trip is available here.

St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Celebrating 40 years of business, St. James Winery wines are sold in stores throughout the South and Midwest.


The results from the 15th annual Jefferson Cup Invitational wine competition are in, and St. James Winery won an impressive three Jefferson Cups out of the total 38 that were awarded. The winning wines for St. James Winery are 2013 Semi-Dry Vignoles, 2012 Estate Norton, and Friendship School White.

The Jefferson Cup Invitational is distinctive among wine competitions because it is the only invitational wine competition to honor the best of the best among wineries from all of America’s wine regions. This year more than 740 wines from 25 states were invited to participate.

“What is particularly exciting about the Jefferson Cup results is all the grapes that make up these wines were locally grown in our vineyards here in the Ozark Highlands American Viticulture Area (AVA),” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “In the wine industry people have started calling the Jefferson Cup the Olympics of wine competitions because the competition is by invitation only. Winning with three Jefferson Cups when you’re up against the best of the best is a great honor.”

At the Jefferson Cup Invitational, St. James Winery also won a Medal of Excellence (equivalent to a gold medal) for Friendship School Red, and Medals of Merit (silver medals) for St. James Winery’s 2013 Pioneer Red, 2013 Pioneer White, 2013 Cynthiana, Riesling, and Moscato.

St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Celebrating more than 40 years as a family owned and operated winery, St. James Winery wines are sold in stores throughout the Midwest and the South. St. James Winery is online at www.stjameswinery.com.
The Jefferson Cup Invitational was founded in 1999 in honor of Thomas Jefferson, who fathered the United States Constitution, helped champion the international concept of human rights, and was a seminal figure in America’s cultural, culinary (including wine), and agricultural history. The 15th Annual Jefferson Cup Invitational took place on November 20 and 21, 2014, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Andrew Meggitt, Executive Winemaker at St. James Winery, has had exceptional year in wine competitions.

Andrew Meggitt, Executive Winemaker at St. James Winery, has had exceptional year in wine competitions.

Wine has been called “poetry in a bottle.” If that’s the case, then the results of the 2014 wine competition season make it clear that St. James Winery’s Executive Winemaker, Andrew Meggitt, is a wine poet laureate.

“Last year during harvest, the fruit quality from our vineyards was superb, and I thought we could expect some excellent wines, but one would never imagine the record number of awards we have won this year,” said Andrew.

Outstanding is the word that describes the year Andrew and the St. James Winery winemaking team have had in international and national wine competitions in 2014, earning top honors at three international competitions, receiving 13 Best of Class awards, bringing home more than 70 gold medals. The winery was also named one of the Top 15 Wineries in the World.

“Our Riesling won the John Rose Award for the Best in Riesling at the Finger Lakes Wine Competition in March. In April, Friendship School White won Grand Champion at Pacific Rim. In May, it scored 95 points at Los Angeles, and in July, was named Best White Wine at Long Beach Grand Cru, “ Andrew said. “It’s been a very good year.”

In addition to the award winning Riesling and Friendship School White, St. James Winery’s Moscato earned Best of Class at three international competitions: Pacific Rim, Riverside, and Los Angeles. The 2013 Vignoles won two Best of Class awards: Riverside International and New World International. Friendship School Red and Riesling each won Best of Class at Pacific Rim, bringing the total for Best of Class awards to an impressive thirteen. Additional honors include two Double Gold medals for the 2013 Pioneer White at Finger Lakes and Florida.

“One thing worth noting is that we have a lot of different wines and flavor profiles that have been successful in competitions,” Andrew said. “ These wines are made from grapes grown and harvested here in St. James, proof that world class wines come from Missouri’s Ozark Highlands AVA.”

Andrew’s devotion to the Ozark Highlands AVA comes from his commitment to terroir: how the climate, soils and terrain affect the taste of wines from a particular region. Originally from New Zealand, Meggitt finished his university degree there before traveling the world for three years learning more about all the different winemaking styles and methodologies, and soaking in the way terroir influences the wine.

Andrew joined the winemaking staff at St. James Winery in 2002 and soon afterwards was named executive winemaker. Under his direction, St. James Winery has consistently been among the top four gold medal awarded wineries in the US. In 2013 he was named to IntoWine.com’s list of “Top 100 Most Influential U.S. Winemakers,” and in 2014 St. James Winery ranked in the top 15 on the World Association Wine and Spirits Writers and Journalists list of “Top Wineries of the World.”

Andrew quickly acknowledges the work of everyone at St. James Winery. “There are so many factors that have to come together to make a great wine. There’s the vineyard personnel whose work on the vines give us the best grapes possible. At harvest our crew brings the grapes in quickly and at the peak of flavor. Without all of them, I’m just a guy standing in front of a big empty tank. Then there’s the rest of the winemaking team, and the cellar staff and bottling line staff – our entire team plays a role in the wine that goes into the bottle.”

St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Founded by the Hofherr family in 1970, St. James Winery celebrating more than 40 years as a family owned and operated winery; St. James Winery wines are sold in 18 states. Find the winery online at www.stjameswinery.com.

St. James Winery’s annual campaign against childhood hunger, which ran through March and April, raised a total of $10,000 for the six food banks that are supported by the Missouri Food Bank Association (MFBA).

In addition to the statewide MFBA program, the staff at St. James Winery and customers in the St. James Winery Tasting Room also raised an additional $500 for the St. James Caring Center, to go towards their child feeding programs in St. James, Missouri.

“Everyone here at St. James Winery is very grateful for the generous support of our customers to help us feed thousands of hungry children here in Missouri,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “In every county and in every community, there are children living in poverty. For these at-risk children, breakfast and lunch at school are the only source of reliable nutrition. Backpack programs make a tremendous difference because the packs are stocked with hygiene supplies and kid-friendly, nutritious foods.”

Monies from St. James Winery’s fundraising efforts are divided among the six food banks in Missouri: Ozarks Food Harvest (Southwest Missouri); Southeast Missouri Food Bank; St. Louis Area Foodbank; Harvesters Community Food Network (Kansas City Area); Second Harvest Community Foodbank (Northwest Missouri); and the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

The MFBA distributes more than 90 million pounds of food each year through a network of more than 2000 community programs, including the child-feeding programs for kids. The MFBA and its local food bank child-feeding programs are active in every county in the state of Missouri and serve tens of thousands of at-risk children each year.

St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Founded by the Hofherr family in 1970, St. James Winery celebrates more than 40 years as a family owned and operated winery. St. James Winery’s award-winning wines are sold in thought the Midwest and South. Look for St. James Winery online at www.stjameswinery.com

For more information on the Missouri Food Bank Association and the six food banks who received funding from St. James Winery visit:
Missouri Food Bank Association
Ozarks Food Harvest
Southeast Missouri Food Bank
St. Louis Area Foodbank
Second Harvest Community Food Bank
The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri
Harvesters Community Food Network

sjw_april_3L_boxesYou asked….we answered. St. James Winery’s best selling wines — Velvet Red and Velvet White — are now available in eco-friendly three-liter boxes!

Available just in time for Memorial Day Weekend and the kick-off to summer, these convenient three-liter boxes make it easy to plan for

  • parties, parties, parties
  • camping & boating outings
  • festivals & concerts (where glass may be prohibited)

Each box contains approximately the same amount as four bottles (20 glasses), and they fit easily in the refrigerator. Once opened, wine stays fresh for up to four weeks!

Look for three-liter boxes in wine stores or markets where you purchase St.James Winery Wines!

Riesling Pear Pops

For Memorial Day Weekend fun, here’s a super-simple recipe with only five ingredients (and one of them is water!).

In a small saucepan make a simple syrup of two tablespoons water and two tablespoons sugar. Bring to simmer to dissolve the sugar.

Pour the syrup into a medium bowl with two pears (peeled, cored, & chopped) and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice. Make sure pears are coated.

When syrup/pear/lemon mixture has cooled, place in a food processor, add 1/2 cup of St. James Winery Riesling.

Pour into fruit pop molds and freeze until hard. Or skip that step, pour into a glass and enjoy as a slushy!

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