It was also a bit of a spontaneous weekend because on Thursday night I texted my friend to say lets get out and go to some wineries. One of the great things about St. Louis is how many great weekend getaway spots are located within a short distance to the city. Wine tasting has been on my bucket list since last fall and this seemed like a perfect time to check it off the list.
There are so many local wineries within a couple hour drive of St. Louis, on both sides of the river. Since we sort of decided last minute to hit up the wineries on Friday we didn't want to go too far, so we landed on Grafton. It's about an hour drive from downtown and this time of year the drive up the River Road is perfect.
Next we drove back down the hill to Grafton Winery. We sampled a few of their reds, the Cabernet and the harbor red were enjoyable. They also have a lot of fruit based wines, I tried the apple crisp (their most popular) and the raspberry, but they are not for me. Just far too sweet. They also have a Brewhaus downstairs at the winery. They had a wide selection, we sampled a few but I would stick with the wine.
We grabbed an order of pretzels and the Cards Against Humanity box from their massive game selection and settled in for the rest of the afternoon. On another day I would love to explore Alton more, it's filled with cute antique stores and little shops. But all and all it was a perfect way to spend a fall afternoon with friends.
I'd love to hear about your favorite Missouri and Illinois wineries! Always adding to that bucket list! Happy Monday all!