For those looking to warm up while getting out and about, an event is planned this weekend at area wineries, pairing hot food with good wine.
Six wineries on the Route du Vin Ste. Genevieve Wine Trail will be participating in a “Souper Wine Weekend” this Saturday.
Laura Oliver of Cave Vineyards said with the purchase of one ticket, guests will receive a cup of soup and a wine tasting at each winery, in addition to discounts on wine for the day.
“Guests can purchase tickets online or they can purchase tickets at any of the wineries,” she said. “With the purchase of a ticket, they receive a little cup of soup at each place as well as a two-ounce wine pour that each winery has paired with the soup. And they also receive complimentary discounts on wine tastings that day.”
Oliver said the Route du Vin has been holding cooperative events with the wineries in the Ste. Genevieve area for about 10 years. The Souper Wine Weekend has been held before, was switched out for a different January event last year, but is back again by popular demand.
Participating wineries include Cave Vineyard, Charleville Vineyard, Sainte Genevieve Winery, Twin Oaks Vineyard and Winery, Chaumette Winery and Sand Creek Winery. Each location has selected specific wine and soup pairings for the day, with a full list available online.
The idea of the event, according to Oliver, is to bring people out to see what the wineries have to offer and to encourage them to come back again and again.
“We really want to just expose folks to the wineries here in Ste. Genevieve,” she said. “It’s a good way to have them see all six of us in one day in short, little visits. They get to taste all the wine and get a food pairing with it. Our hope is that they come back when the weather is nicer, so they can picnic and spend more time.”
According to Chaumette Vineyards & Winery Director of Marketing Taylor Bartley, it is indeed important to bring locals out to the areas wineries while also making a name for the area as a certified wine country.
“There’s quite a few wine trails in Missouri, like Augusta, in the Defiance area and Hermann," Bartley said. "We really want to solidify Ste. Genevieve as a great place to go for wineries. It’s not just one or two wineries — we have a significant amount of wineries out here with great wine. So a little bit of it is awareness.
"We want to support each other, so it’s a way for people to get a taste of every single winery, and then hopefully they come back at a later time and visit us all again.”
Tickets are available for $32 plus fees.
For more information or to order tickets, visit www.rdvwinetrail.com or contact any of the six participating locations.