Grape juice magically transforms into wine in the same way milk becomes cheese and a 1972 Dodge Dart becomes an even older 1972 Dodge Dart. Tipple the tasty transformation with today's Groupon: for $19, you get a wine tasting for up to four people, wine glasses for each participant, and one bottle of wine at Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery (up to a $39.60 value) in Platte City, 20 minutes north of downtown Kansas City.
Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery offers a flotilla of carefully crafted wines designed to complement meals and calm brush fires. The winery integrates environmentally conscious practices, creating wines with solar power and reducing insects in vineyards using eagle-eye chickens. Bring up to three friends to an eight-wine tasting of Jowler Creek's vinefruits, with dry varieties including the Jowler Creek Norton, a full-bodied red wine that terrifically twists tastes with barbecue, pot roasts, and hearty Midwestern fare. Semi-sweet varieties dish backhanded compliments and play hard to get, led by the coy Jowler Creek Critter Cuvée, a wine brimming with honey and tropical fruit notes, yet curiously unreachable on Friday nights. Nibble on a decadent dessert while quenching parched palates with the Jowler Creek Nort, a dessert wine scented with blackberries, plums, and chocolate. At the end of the tour, each group receives one bottle of wine and a keychain, and each tasting attendee takes home a Jowler Creek-stamped wine glass.
Jowler Creek Vineyard and Winery
Hands dig into the springtime earth, heaving up tufts of Missouri dirt cooled by the nearby waters of historic Jowler Creek. The year is 2004 and Colleen and Jason Gerke are trying their hands at winemaking, planting 250 norton grapevines in the ground near their home. Today, the 7-acre plot of land houses more than 3,000 vines, protected by insect-consuming chickens, rodent-hunting hawks and owls, and weed-noshing sheep who graze at carefully managed intervals. The sustainable vineyard sprouts grapes used to concoct nine award-winning wines—from dry to sweet—which are crafted with solar-powered devices. Jowler Creek Vineyard and Winery regularly hosts tours for up to 30 people, where patrons spend approximately 90 minutes observing the crash-diet techniques grapes undergo before squeezing into Jowler Creek's trademark baby blue sealed bottles.
16905 Jowler Creek Rd.
Platte City, Missouri 64079Get Directions