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.
How long can you hoist a liter stein filled with beer? You probably don't know, but Sam Adams hosts a contest at Saint Charles Oktoberfest in which you can find out. The event perfectly encapsulates the overall festival milieu: a German-inflected mix of oddball competitions and beer. Other events range from a scenic 5K to a brat eating contest to Wiener Takes All, an annual derby, costume contest, and talent show for dachshunds. In between contests, visitors sip beers including Hofbräu Oktoberfest, a full-bodied beer brewed for the original Oktoberfest in Munich. Vendors hawk traditional goods and food, and live music from the likes of That 80s Band, Obenheimer Express, Austrian Express, and Rough Ryders wafts continuously through the park.
Ease your appetite with delicious bites from Bobby's Place St Charles Main Street in Saint Charles.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Bobby's Place St Charles Main Street is known for its happy hour, which includes food and beverages.
Bask in the sun and enjoy a fresh meal outside at Bobby's Place St Charles Main Street.
Between the music and the crowds, Bobby's Place St Charles Main Street's noise levels can be intense.
Prepare to face the crowds at Bobby's Place St Charles Main Street during the week — weekends tend to be slower.
Driving to the restaurant is easy as pie, and parking surrounds the area.
Meals at Bobby's Place St Charles Main Street are moderately priced — most diners spend about $30 per person.
Fill up on fare from Grafton Winery and Brewhaus and get a taste of the Grafton neighborhood.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from this restaurant's extensive drink list.
Dine out in the open during Grafton Winery and Brewhaus' summer season when patio tables are available for use.
Casual clothing is the name of the game at Grafton Winery and Brewhaus, where suits and ties won't be spotted for miles.
Can't stay at this restaurant long? Pick up and go home.
Find a space on the street or park in the lot not far from the restaurant.
Grafton Winery and Brewhaus' diners can store their bikes safely at the rack around the corner.
Prices at Grafton Winery and Brewhaus are moderate — most diners plunk down about $30 per meal.
Silver Moon Saloon is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
Enjoy a creative, healthy meal at Silver Moon Saloon.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
You can call it in, then carry it out.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Silver Moon Saloon as well.
At Silver Moon Saloon, you won't have to worry about circling the block multiple times to find parking.
Silver Moon Saloon offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
When you're craving a true American classic, such as a burger and fries, make your way over to Silver Moon Saloon.
Sushi Ai knows that it takes fresh ingredients, creativity, and gorgeous presentation to make a great sushi experience.
Don't leave the kids at home — youngsters will love the family-friendly cuisine at this sushi spot just as much as mom and dad.
Take it nice and easy at Sushi Ai, where casual dress is the rule of the day.
Want to enjoy this sushi spot without the wait? Get it to go.
Parking is always free and easy when you dine at Sushi Ai.
Sushi Ai is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
Whether you are looking for a great lunch or dinner spot, Sushi Ai serves up some of the best sushi dishes in town.