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Midwest summers are infamous for being hot, sticky, humid, and — above all — unpredictable.  Andrew Meggitt, St. James Winery’s executive winemaker, learned this very quickly when he first began making wine in Missouri after stints in New Zealand and France.

This summer has been particularly difficult for Midwest winemakers because of its unseasonably cool temperatures, heavy rainfall, and high humidity — the perfect recipe for diseases like downy mildew and black rot.

Missouri’s June rainfall was nearly double that of recent years. Add that to slightly cooler temperatures (averaging a high of 84 degrees Fahrenheit compared to an average of 87 degrees) and above-average humidity, and you can see how the weather has presented some unique challenges for St. James Winery.

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Welcome to the Wine Frontier, an emerging wine region, a place where new and traditional grape varieties are used in winemaking. The Meramec Highlands of Missouri that St. James Winery calls home are on the wine frontier.

At St. James Winery, 45 years of winemaking in this challenging environment has resulted in consistently excellent — and highly awarded — wines.

Join the adventure in the wine frontier with St. James Winery’s Frontier Selections varietals.

Winemakers Dinner at Sybill’s St. James

You’re invited to Sybill’s St. James for a St. James Winery Winemaker’s Dinner on June 18. The menu features five courses with amazing gourmet foods paired with St. James Winery wines.

See the menu and get event details.

Make reservations by calling Sybill’s at 573.265.4224. Cost is $60 per person.

Climate change means a lot more than unseasonably warm days. That glass of wine you look forward to after a hard day of work is fundamentally changing due to erratic weather conditions.

The grapes used for wine are dependent on consistent temperatures and seasons. While you may enjoy popping off your coat on 60-degree days in January, the grapes that decide to awaken from their winter dormancy risk dying because of the fleeting nature of warm winter days.

In this article, Andrew Meggitt discusses the tactics winemakers are using to combat the effects of climate change.

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.

St. James Winery’s Executive Winemaker Andrew Meggitt is a veteran of the wine industry for more than 20 years, having worked in wineries in both the New and Old Worlds.

This experience has brought a new kind of innovation to the American wine industry, and he’s chosen to take this entrepreneurial spirit to the Midwest. He spends his days meeting with his team, collaborating on new ideas, and embracing new challenges.

In this interview, Andrew Meggitt discusses what it’s like to be an entrepreneur in the Midwest wine industry.