A Rocheport, Missouri, legacy winery has expanded its offerings and modernized its name, announced via a press release in late February.
The Blufftop at Rocheport – a trailside vineyard retreat – is a destination for lovers of viticulture or those simply seeking a relaxing getaway. Most will already know The Blufftop for the wines produced from its vineyards, Les Bourgeois – a mid-Missouri institution since 1985. The addition of several lodging accommodations prompted the name shift, Christa Holtzclaw, The Blufftop’s marketing and retail director, says.
“We really wanted to find a way to communicate everything that we have to offer,” Holtzclaw says. “It just really grew beyond a winery; we’re a fantastic winery, but we are also so many other things and adding the lodging component really tipped it over to a full-fledged destination. You could come here and stay here and spend several days experiencing everything we have to offer.”
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Whether you’re staying overnight or making a day trip, there is certainly plenty to fill your itinerary. The tasting room just off Interstate 70 also houses the brand’s distillery, and The Bistro offers lunch and dinner service, plus brunch on weekends. Grab a glass or a bottle of wine on a sunny day at the outdoor A-frame wine garden or host a private event, and then relax at the brand’s latest addition: lodging.
There are three separate lodging experiences available to book through The Blufftop’s website. You’ll find comfortable accommodations whether you’re staying solo, as a couple or with a larger group. Founder's Point, nestled between The Bistro and the A-frame, is the original Les Bourgeois home-turned-event space and overnight rental. The view alone – similar to the view you’ll get from the bistro or A-frame, but private – is worth a stay.
“It's an incredibly comfortable and welcoming place,” Holtzclaw says. “It’s a special space and the history, with it being the home that the Bourgeois family built for themselves, and the reason that they purchased this beautiful piece of land that we are on, is such a cool thing to get to share.”
The other two guest houses reside within the town of Rocheport, just minutes away by trail or roadway. The homes feature historic elements and outdoor spaces, including a saltwater pool and a brick pizza oven.
There are new beverages to taste, too. In 2020, the brand launched a premium line of wines, Blufftop Cellars, that currently includes four different varietals, one white and three red, made with a selection of grapes from the Walla Walla region in Washington state.
“We wanted to create a premium line where we could really showcase a lot of the expertise, as well as the collaboration that we've been able to have with vineyard partners from around the country,” Holtzclaw says.
Two more wines will be added this spring – keep an eye on The Blufftop’s social media for the upcoming release date. In the warmer months, something bubbly might please your palate; another new release, the Captain’s Cooler, is a carbonated wine cocktail and a customer favorite that’s now available in cans.
“They're very refreshing and light and are in very adventure-friendly packaging,” Holtzclaw says. “Whether you're going to be floating on the river or going camping, it’s a way to take a piece of the Blufftop with you.”
If you’re staying on property, there’s always something new to try at The Bistro, which offers a seasonal menu of fare and cocktails. The new product development director, Andrew Ruth, formerly of Barred Owl Butcher & Table, recently updated the beverage menu. What won’t change, though, is the continuation of Les Bourgeois as a legacy winery in mid-Missouri.
“Les Bourgeois isn’t going anywhere, but now each of the different experiences that you can have on the Blufftop at Rocheport get to kind of live on their own,” Holtzclaw says.
The Blufftop at Rocheport, multiple locations, 800.690.1830, missouriwine.com