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chandler hill vineyards Tuscan Charm and Winning Wines The stunning 42 acres of Chandler Hill Vineyards – just 30 minutes west of St. Louis – offer award-winning wines, an onsite organic garden, sophisticated fare and exemplary service. Its hilltop tasting room also boasts a 4,500-square-foot terrace with serene, panoramic views. Located in Defiance (the heart of Missouri wine country), the Tuscaninspired Chandler Hill is open year-round. Private tours are available and showcase the history of the property and the winery. Guests can also learn about Chandler Hill’s vineyard practices and the wine-making process. Stop by to enjoy incredible wines and an unforgettable

experience at one of the most exquisite wineries in the region. 596 Defiance Road, Defiance, Missouri, 636.798.2675, chandlerhillvineyards.com

balducci vineyards timing is everything at balducci vineyards St. Louis natives Carol and Rick Balducci moved to Augusta, Missouri, in 1987 and opened their award-winning Balducci Vineyards in 2001. In the ensuing 15 years, Balducci’s small-production wines have earned a reputation for their distinct varietal character and flavor, including Mia Bella, a white wine; a barrel-fermented and sur lie-aged dry Vignoles; and its whole clusterfermented Chambourcin. The winery’s breadth of offerings range from dry to sweet and red to white, as well as post-dinner fortified sippers including port and its Time Signature fortified with brandy. The Balducci’s 26-year-old son Nic is ushering in the next chapter in the winery’s success story: He’s now winemaker for Balducci Vineyards. Nic uses grapes from the winery’s on-site vineyard to make fine wines full of flavor and character. Grapes are harvested at peak time, leading to consistent bottlings every season. As the family says, this approach leads to harvesting grapes “at exactly the right

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moment to give each bottle of wine the best, deepest flavor.” Harvest is also a beloved tradition in the Balducci family. With 20 years of winemaking experience and 40 years of restaurant experience, a trip out to Augusta should be a full-day excursion. The family-friendly tasting room features a full kitchen serving specialties ranging from a light baked Brie appetizer to 10-inch pan pizzas. Sip a few awardwinning wines while listening to live music on the weekends – either from the shade of a covered barn or outside on sunny picnic tables. Plus, the historic and rustic farm setting is a picturesque backdrop for private events or just enjoying the verdant views of wooded hillsides and rolling meadows in gorgeous Augusta. 6601 Highway 94 S, Augusta, Missouri, 636.482.8466, balduccivineyards.com

October 2016 Feast Magazine  

Inspired by our love of nature, this issue of Feast is dedicated to the joys of fall in the Midwest. Crack open a cold one, find a place to...

October 2016 Feast Magazine  

Inspired by our love of nature, this issue of Feast is dedicated to the joys of fall in the Midwest. Crack open a cold one, find a place to...