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Mission Mountain Winery, Dayton

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Mission Mountain Winery is a family owned winery located on the West Shore of Flathead Lake (the largest natural fresh water lake west of the Mississippi), in Dayton Montana. There is even access to the winery by boat. It is the first Bonded Winery in the state of Montana. The initial Vineyard was started thirty three years ago and the Winery's first vintage was 1984.

Tom Campbell Jr. is the man behind the winemaking. Following the wisdom of his father Tom Sr., Tom Jr. trained at the University of California at Davis in Enology (wine making ) and Viticulture ( grape growing), he then worked as an enologist at several different winery's including: Jekel and Shiloh in California and the Ste. Michelle and Quail Run (now Covey Run) in Washington. He then started Mission Mountain Winery in Montana with his father in 1984. Tom Jr. and his wife Hema also started Horizon’s Edge Winery in Zillah,Washington in 1985 and sold it in 1999. He also is director of wine production for Woodhouse Wine Estates in Woodinville , WA and owner / wine maker of Tanjuli Winery in Zillah, WA.

The Winery currently produces approximately 6,500 cases of wine a year. The wines produced include: Vin Gris, Riesling, Monster Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, a "blush" wine called Sundown, an exceptional Muscat Canelli dinner wine, Nouveaux Riche a dessert Muscat Canelli, Ice Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Monster Red a Merlot - Cabernet blend, Malbec, Syrah, Cream Sherry, Port, Cocoa Vin ( a chocolate port, and Blanc de Noir Champagne.

The vineyards in Montana grow Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and small amounts of Riesling, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer. The other grapes are grown in our own vineyards in the Rattlesnake Hills of Washington.

It is amazing that some of the finest wines in the world come from this small winery in northwest Montana. The wines have met with excellent acceptance by Montana Residents and visitors to the winery from all 50 States and 30 Foreign Countries as well reviews from national and international competitions and wine writers. Our wines have received International recognition winning over 100 medals ( mostly gold).

We invite comparison with any your favorite wines in a blind tasting and know with confidence that you will be pleasantly surprised. Enjoy the high quality of our wines.

We toast your good taste!

Tom Campbell Sr. and Tom Campbell Jr.

Mission Mountain Winery's Tasting Room is Open May 1 - Oct 31, and some holiday weekends. Phone and online orders are available year-round.
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  • We stopped her impromptu and sampled the wine. The local cherry wine was fabulous. Will stop again if ever back in area. Wine prices were on par. We got 3 bottles for under 60  more »
  • Being from Washington where wonderful wineries are plentiful, I didn't have high expectations for a winery in Montana, but I was pleasantly surprised! The setting is nice, along Flathead lake in the distance. Outside there is a little garden gazebo area that is great for sipping a glass after you have selected a favorite. Inside the winery tasting room is nothing fantastic, just a small area with a tasting counter. We stopped in on a hot July day and when we arrived were the only patrons there. We went inside and were immediately greeted by a friendly server. There was a tasting fee and it was waived if you purchased of a bottle. They had 10-12 wines to choose from and if I recall you got 5 tastes with your fee. While we tasted the server told us about the history of the winery - in business since the early 1980's so they must be making something right! And they get grapes from Washington, so that says something too. They had some standard choices including a Cabernet that was actually very good and some not so standard choices such as a Huckleberry that was so very unusual that I had to come home with 4 bottles! Overall the service and wine were both very good. Before leaving we bought a chilled bottle of the Huckleberry and shared a glass out in the gazebo while our dog (who was welcome outside) enjoyed nice green grass that he hadn't been able to roll around in for nearly three weeks since we had been on the road. He loved it as much as we did! Flathead Lake is beautiful and this winery has a great backdrop for enjoying a refreshing glass in the sunshine!
  • Very knowledgeable on wines,patient, and pleasant. Would recommend stopping by. Well worth it.

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