Despite being located almost 2,000 miles from the prestigious wine country of California, Kansas City has begun quietly making its mark, impressing connoisseurs, right here in the heart of the Midwest. With over 100 wineries between Missouri and Kansas, wine lovers can enjoy the fruits of local vintners at a number of wineries in Kansas City.
Best Local Wineries in Kansas City
After purchasing 10 acres in Centerview, Missouri to grow their own grapes in 2000, the owners of Amigoni opened up a tasting room within the Stockyard District of the West Bottoms to bring their award-winning wines to KC. The beautiful space is perfect for a quick stop, in order to enjoy a tasting and cheese plate. No appointments are necessary, and tours are available upon request or advanced booking.
Fountain City Winery is owned and operated by a husband and wife team who bonded over their shared love of wine. Located in the historic West Bottoms, their space feels hip and artsy without being pretentious. Stop here for a few small bites, a tasting and to listen to local singers and songwriters. For a fun wine tour, make this a stop before or after a drop in to Amigoni!
A self-proclaimed boutique winery, KC Wine Co. is proving to be a heavy hitter as a sought-after destination, and not just those who love their award-winning wines and ciders. They host year-round special events and festivals, like Cider Fest, OKCtober Fest, Sunflower Festival, Mutts & Merlot, Craft nights and more! KC Pumpkin Patch also resides near the vineyard, and is a fun seasonal stop for families.
On a nice day, the shaded, vine covered patio of Stonehaus Farms Vineyard and Winery in Lee’s Summit is the place to be. The varieties they to offer to sample and purchase are primarily sweet, perfect for those who love a bold moscato or dessert drink.
A red barn welcomes guests to the vineyard at Somerset Ridge, with signs encouraging walks through the lines of grapes, followed by a tasting inside. Live music, art shows and a host of other activities are continually planned when weather is nice, encouraging patrons to sit outside and enjoy their time. Their cocktail gifts make the perfect hostess gift or Christmas present.
The vintner on staff at Stone Pillar Vineyard and Winery takes pride in making every wine on-site cellar and only using grapes grown on property or their sister field in Atchison, Kansas. Weekly specials, constant special events and rotating food trucks keep people visiting the 12-acre site over and over again.
Vox Vineyards believes in only using juice from grapes they have personally produced, and take great pride in the products reaped from their harvests. Available by appointment only, the vineyard itself, located near the airport, provides tastings and tours. Special pairing events happen regularly, with Christopher Elbow Chocolates and cheeses from Green Dirt Farm which makes for a perfect date or girls night out! A tasting room, located inside Green Dirt Farm Creamery in Weston, is open at any time to sample a flight or glass.
Aubrey Vineyards boasts a Napa-like experience in a relaxing wine bar atmosphere. They offer over 15 varieties, available by the bottle or glass, with tastings sold in increments of three or five. Guests can sip, much on an array of charcuterie options, all while overlooking an expansive vineyard view in Overland Park.
Bourgmont Winery is a tasting room and venue in South Johnson County. The wine is locally planted and sourced. They aim to bring Napa quality to the Heartland. They offer tastings as well as social events like trivia nights, bingo and special holiday events.
Wineries with a Little Bit of a Drive, but Worth Visiting
Pirtle’s Winery and tasting room are popular destinations for visitors to historic Weston, Missouri. The winery is located in a Lutheran Evangelical Church. The first floor contains an indoor cellar with a bar and plenty of seating, while a tasting room and gift shop are on the second floor. The best part, however, is the vine-covered wine garden adjacent to the building.
Sitting on 75 acres, just off I-70, near Higginsville, Missouri is Arcadian Moon. Indulge in the quiet tranquility of the property, listen to live music, sip on drinks and taste their wood-fired pizzas for a day away from city life.
Turns out, we wine enthusiasts do not have to travel across the country to taste quality, thoughtfully produced wines, as there are plenty of varieties that are sold right in our own backyards!