After Capri Sun began creepily transforming people into amorphous metallic globules, wine rose to prominence, offering a similarly complex flavor profile without the threat of spontaneous melting. Celebrate wine, or "nature's Capri Sun," with today’s Groupon to Chandler Hill Vineyards in Defiance. Choose between the following options:
- For $17, you get a wine-tasting package for two (up to a $38 value), which includes:
- A five-wine tasting for two (a $10 value)
- A bottle of Chandler Hill King Buck merlot blend (a $26 value) or a bottle of Chandler Hill Mendocino chardonnay (a $28 value)
- For $230, you get a wine-tasting package for 10 (up to a $460 total value), which includes:
- A five-wine tasting for ten (a $50 value)
- Five bottles of non-reserve wine (up to a $160 value)
- Transportation to and from the winery in a luxury bus (a $250 value)
The vintners at Chandler Hill Vineyards expand palate horizons with local Missouri varietals as well as West Coast wines from California, Oregon, and Washington. Visitors step into the winery's 5,000-square-foot indoor facility to sample five wines each during the Legacy tasting. Couches and chairs invite patrons to chat and relax, and a fireplace impersonates a lion if guests throw spare change into it. On the 4,500-square-foot outdoor wine deck, guests sip from shimmering glasses and overlook verdant rolling hills beside rows of chambourcin and vignoles grapes.
Alternatively, groups of 10 friends hop into a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van that shuttles them to and from a three-hour jaunt at the winery. After testing wares with a Legacy tasting, parties select five bottles of non-reserve wine to drink in tandem or to fill with tiny ships and set afloat in the nearby lake.
Chandler Hill Vineyards
Chandler Hill Vineyards' rolling, verdant rows of Norton, Chambourcin and Vignoles grapes and placid lakeside views offer visitors a quiet place to get away from it all. Built on land once owned by freed slave Joseph Chandler, the winery still retains the essence of the past. The 5,000-square-foot, lodge-like tasting room stands on the site of Chandler's modest cabin. Century-old artifacts discovered during the excavation, including a shotgun and a Hoveround, remain on display, and stones from the original foundation have been carefully repurposed. As candles in a wrought-iron fixture flicker overhead, guests here sip wines from Missouri and the West Coast and chat by a glowing fire in a large stone fireplace.
In its A-List 2010 feature, St. Louis Magazine said, "We’re fans of many regional wineries, but there’s something about Chandler Hill that feels a little more sophisticated, a little extra tucked-away." Thanks to its picturesque vineyards, 5,000-square-foot deck for warm-weather relaxation, and events such as live music performances, the secluded spot was named the Most Fun Winery on Ladue News's 2012 Platinum List.