Cave Vineyard in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri takes the concept of a family owned and operated winery to another level. Marty and Mary Jo Strussione and 16 other members of their family contribute to the production and presentation of Cave products. Their first hilltop grapevines were planted in 2000 and they focus on Traminette, Chambourcin, Vignoles, and Norton.
Directly underneath Cave Vineyard’s tasting room is Saltpeter Cave, which was mined in the late 18th century for potassium nitrate (Saltpeter) and sent down to New Orleans to make gun powder. The cave has a large opening of 100 feet across and 35 feet tall. After purchasing wine, Cave Vineyard guests are welcome to picnic inside the cave, which can comfortably seat about 100 people.
Cave Vineyard offers private tastings with the owner/winemaker, offers discounts for group wine tastings, and hosts private events and weddings.
Besides making great wine, the Strussione family also makes brandy (Cave Distillery) and has a killer biscotti bar (based on Grandma Strussione’s recipe) in their winery loft. They recommend trying different flavors of biscotti and dunking it in the wine!
Cave Vineyard came highly recommended by some of our Instagram followers and is a great way to spend your day.
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