On the outskirts of Warren County overlooking the Lost Creek and Missouri River valleys sits Lost Creek Vineyard.
Though the business, owned by brothers Tom and Steve Frichtel, has had a winetasting room open for nearly a year — a grand opening celebration was held Sunday, May 13.
“We didn’t really have any (business) experience,” Tom Frichtel said. “So we wanted to wait until we felt better prepared.”
The brothers bought the property in 1997 and planted vineyards about a year later. Up until last year, they only sold grapes to local wineries. They have 12 acres of vineyards.
Steve Frichtel’s son, Larry, wanted to get involved in the wine end of the business, Tom Frichtel said.
Together, they remodeled a home on the property to serve as the tasting room including adding a wrap-around porch and picnic area.
Tom Frichtel said the view from the vineyard is unparalleled.
Lost Creek Vineyards is open every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Picnic baskets are welcome. Snacks are available for purchase.
In the future, Frichtel said he would like to work on expanding the wine menu. Currently, there are seven wines offered and the brothers will begin making their own wine this year.
The vineyard is located 20 miles west of Marthasville on Highway 94, on Gore Road. It is 10 miles east of downtown Hermann and three-tenths of a mile from the Katy Trail with signs on the trail for direction.
For more information, people may visit lostcreekvineyardmo.com or call 636-932-4142.