Identifying different flavor notes in wine is a mark of refinement, like discerning the pedigree of a horse by its taste in jazz. Sip on singular vintages with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $20 for a two-hour “Taste and Tour” wine tasting and winery tour for two people, plus two souvenir wine glasses (a $40 value)
- $12 for $25 worth of fare from the cafe or winery shop <p>
To punctuate an educational tour of the winery that runs from noon to about 2 p.m. on select Fridays, visitors sample three to five wines paired with a rotating selection of small-plate fare. Alternatively, Patrons can enjoy full servings of pizza, salad, and sandwiches in the cafe, or swing by the winery shop to stock up on bottled vintages.<p>
The old mulberry tree at the top of Noboleis Vineyards—the same creature that graces the estate's wine labels—symbolizes the endurance of Robert and Lou Ann Nolan in pursuing their dream to own a vineyard. After purchasing a 74-acre expanse of Augusta farmland in 2005, the Nolans planted their first grapes: chambourcin, traminette, norton, and vignoles. Initial growth indicated high yields, but a late frost in 2007 claimed most of the chambourcin crop. Adversity struck again in 2011, when a tornado tore through part of the vineyards and lifted sections of roof off of the winery.
But between these setbacks, the Nolans built a steady string of accomplishments. Their first vintages claimed multiple awards at the 2010 Missouri Governor's Cup, and what had started as plain farmland grew into an estate encompassing an onsite winery, tasting room, cafe, and wine shop. The Nolans now lead tours and host tastings so that visitors can get an up-close look at how Noboleis's wines—such as the barrel-fermented vidal blanc—are produced without tickling the grapes. The indoor and outdoor grounds also regularly host events that range from weddings to live music performances.