Sometimes there are just those places. You know—great scenery, great staff, great wine……
Red Moose Vineyard, tucked away on Highway VV in that picturesque area between Steelville and Salem, is one of those. Two brothers (Red and Moose Leitner) started the winery in 2006. They, along with their wives and other family/friends, have built the winery into a beautiful destination worthy of the drive. The vineyard is backdropped by beautiful woodland—a delectable morsel for the feasting eye. And, speaking of feasting, light fare and snacks are available, along with some wonderful wines. My personal favorite—Four Corners, (a dry red, 2017 Missouri Wine Competition Silver Medal Winner). This wine is a “marriage of our estate grown Norton & Chambourcin grapes. The wine expresses complementary notes of spice and berries and brings out the true terroir of the land. Aged 13 months in Missouri oak barrels from McGinnis Wood Products, Cuba, MO.”
The Leitners don’t take their good fortune for granted, either. They also give back to the community, pledging a portion of the retail and wholesale sales of some wines to worthy recipients.
Tasting room hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m. The winery features live music on Saturdays. You can find them at redmoosevineyard.com.
Be sure you make this trip—you won’t regret it!