Sipping and savoring the fruit of the vine complemented with farm-to-fork inspired cuisine served in one of Missouri’s most picturesque valleys has made Montelle Winery a premier destination.
Perched 400 feet atop the Osage Ridge located off Missouri Hwy. 94 – aka Missouri’s Weinstrasse – Montelle provides guests with some of the state’s most commanding views of the Missouri River Valley.
“I never get tired of the view up here – it’s a breathtaking view no matter the season,” Montelle Winery Manager Brian Obermark said as he walked Montelle’s hilltop terrace overlooking the valley below. “We’re open all four seasons even in the winter months and the view is still spectacular even with a blanket of snow.”
Montelle’s outstanding location is surpassed only by its wines, which are the result of owner/winemaker Tony Kooyumjian’s vision to make Montelle a world-class, award-winning winery. It’s a goal he has achieved – and the best news is that Montelle patrons can taste that excellence seven days a week along with food options that take guests way beyond cheese, sausage and crackers.
As Kooyumjian says, “There’s nothing better to show off a good bottle of wine than good food.”
“There’s a magical pairing between food and wine, and there are many different ways to do those pairings so we tailor our café menu and our sunset dinner menus to reflect the wines we make on the property,” Obermark added.
Montelle’s Klondike Café is the core of its foodservice operation, offering an extensive menu of upscale casual fare accented with fresh baked breads. Select a bottle of wine and order up from appetizers like Baked Brie topped with strawberry sauce. Or choose an entrée salad which include Caesar, Greek or the Orchard Apple & Chicken Salad laced with Gorgonzola – perfect when paired with River Country White.
Looking for heartier fare? Choose from creative sandwiches, wraps and pizzas – all listed with wine pairing recommendations. The London Port Roast Beef Sandwich glazed with Cynthiana Port and built on focaccia is excellent with a Norton. House-made Fromage Pizza sauced with tomato basil and topped with mozzarella, asiago and feta crumbles is a heavenly match when served with Montelle’s Chardonel.
Chef Steve Brusca oversees Montelle’s foodservice operations, both at the Café and its seasonal Sunset Dinners, which are served every Friday and Saturday night through September. These three-course gourmet meals are served on the deck complete with white tablecloth service and a drop-dead gorgeous sunset. The fixed gourmet menu changes weekly and varies in price, topping out at $34.99.
Obermark suggests: “Come out early to enjoy the complimentary wine tasting. Whether you’re a novice or a sommelier – (our staff) can give you the educational experience you’ll want at the tasting bar.” Advance reservations for Sunset Dinners are required and can be made online.
The Klondike Café is open year-round and even offers a kids menu, making Montelle a destination for the entire family to enjoy.
“I’ve seen people out here from 8 days old to those in their 90s,” said Obermark. “It’s a place for everyone and an experience that’s built around great wine, great food, great people and a great view.”
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And don’t miss Montelle’s sister winery, Augusta Winery (www.augustawinery.com), founded in 1988 by Tony Kooyumjian and located at 5601 High Street in Augusta, also overlooking the scenic Missouri River Valley.