The first several years in the wine business have seen many blessings for the family behind Noboleis Vineyards.
The Augusta winery broke ground on its facilities and bottled its first wines in 2009 from Norton, Chambourcin, Traminette and Vignoles grapes the family planted in 2005. That same year, Brandon Dixon came aboard as winemaker. It was Dixon who largely shaped the vision for the wine, leading to a number of early awards, including gold medals for Noboleis’ Vignoles, Traminette, Steepleview and Blanc in the 2012 and 2013 Missouri Wine Competition and the MidAmerica and Indy International wine competitions.
Noboleis has expanded its wine selection to 16 varieties – including two notable reserve wines and a limited-edition sparkling wine – and adding weddings to its services. The wines also now appear on the shelves at Mannino’s Market in St. Charles and EdgeWild Restaurant & Winery in Chesterfield, among others.
At Noboleis, enjoy a Taste and Tour, and Dixon will demonstrate the magic transformation that happens when, for example, dry Vignoles is partnered with prosciutto-wrapped melon. Stop by for a morning yoga class followed by lunch and a tasting, or take in live music and unbeatable hillside scenery on any given weekend.
When you do, take note of a couple new additions to the lineup. “The most special thing we’ve introduced in the last year is Noblevescent, which is a sparkling wine made from Vignoles,” says Angie Geis, daughter of owners Bob and Lou Ann Nolan. The wine – which took gold in the 2013 Missouri, MidAmerica and Indy International wine competitions – is crisp and light, highlighting the tropical fruit hints of the Vignoles grapes. Sometime in the fall, Noboleis will introduce Nobol Ice, an ice-style wine.
If a drive out to Noboleis Vineyards for a sip or two under the iconic mulberry tree (the image of which graces every label) isn’t in the cards, you’ll be happy to know that the winery went live with its online shopping cart in July, meaning you can now stock up on your favorites at any time.
Hours of operation are 11am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 7pm Saturday and 11am to 5pm Sunday.
Noboleis Vineyards, 100 Hemsath Road, Augusta, 636.482.4500, noboleisvineyards.com