Vine revival: Over 30 wineries have opened in Missouri in last two years

on 15/07/11 at 1:51 pm

Wine

Three glasses of wine stand on a table, each a different color. A bold burgundy, a rich red and a pale pink.

The burgundy wine is dry, with a hint of oak. The red is peppery and tannic, and the blush is bright and sweet with a hint of apple that hits the tip of your tongue on the first taste.

All three wines were made from the same kind of grape.

Yielding different characteristics from a single vine is the hallmark of winemaking, and Steve Rothert, co-owner of Rothbrick Winery, said manipulation of a grape’s natural characteristics is what makes winemaking an art form.

“The cool thing about wine is that it can be as simple or complex as you wish to make it,” Rothert said. “We’ve got a lab and you can keep track of grape characteristics, and you can make wines according to whatever recipes you have. So it’s fun on a lot of levels. There is a big learning curve to winemaking and a lot of work involved, but wine is cool.”

Rothbrick is one of more than 30 new wineries to open in Missouri in the past two years, bringing a resurgence to the wine industry in the state.

Missouri has a long history of winemaking. It was the nation’s second-largest wine producer, behind New York, until Prohibition all but destroyed the industry in 1919. It wasn’t until the 1960s that Missouri winemaking experienced a rebirth with the reopening of three of the state’s original wineries.

With 99 wineries now in operation, Danene Beedle, marketing director for the Missouri Wine and Grape Board, said the industry is steadily growing.

{FULL STORY via Southeast Missourian}

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