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St. James Winery, Saint James

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St. James Winery is located in St. James, Missouri, near mile marker 195 of Interstate 44. The winery distributes 200,000 cases of wine per year in 19 states. The vineyards are composed of of Catawba, Vignoles, Chardonel, Concord, Norton, Chambourcin, Seyval and Rougeon grapes. The winemaking heritage of the area was both started and subsequently influenced by Italian Immigrants in the late 19th century. The company has over 50 employees working in the Cellar, Administration, Tasting Room, Shipping and Vineyard departments. The winery distributes in nine U.S. states, mostly in the Midwestern and Southern portions of the country.
The St. James Winery was opened in 1970 by Jim and Pat Hofherr. In its first year of business, the winery produced over 8000gal of wine or roughly 3,400 cases. Included was two of their wine types, Velvet Red and Velvet White. All four of the Hofherr children worked alongside their mother and father, helping to establish and grow the business.
The Hofherr sons, Andrew and John, reclaimed their spots in the family business in the late 1980s. Andrew returned in 1987 to manage the family vineyard after studying viticulture at the University of Arkansas. John spent his time of absence earning his winemaking degree from California State University, Fresno, and spending 5 years working for Jekel Winery in Monterey California. In 1988, John returned as head winemaker. Both of the brothers brought new updated viticulture and winemaking techniques to the winery, increasing quality and production.
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  • We stopped by while traveling. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Wine was pleasant and the had tastings that you could bring outside.  more »
  • This was a spacious and safe way to enjoy an outing.. the building was large and spacious, clean and staff wore masks.. We enjoyed the opportunity to get out safely and enjoy an afternoon..  more »
  • It was amazing! Great service. Ava helped us with our tastings and she was so helpful and informative. We ended up buying 2 bottles to take home. We go to all the wineries in Defiance and Hermann and this is one of the best ones we've gone to. Only a half hour from Meramec state park and only a couple minutes off 44. ❤🍷
  • They have a great selection of Missouri wines and the process are very reasonable. The people are very knowledgeable and can help you find a wine that you would like. They also will let you sample their wines so you can make sure you like what you are planning on purchasing. They offer 28 different varieties on an everyday basis and then they also have seasonal wines that they offer on a limited basis. They also offer tours of the winery as well, which is informative and a fun experience. It is worth the trip and I look forward to coming back for their seasonal offerings. Also, they have a wine club that is only quarterly and had a good discount on other purchases as well. You don't have to come to join, you can sign up online, but I recommend coming for the experience and to taste their selection.

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