Welcome to another edition of Around the Town Thursday! I’m very excited for today’s post, for two reasons: first and foremost, it’s a winery. If that’s not enough there’s the second reason, it’s a winery in a church building. Oh but it gets better! The old church Pirtle Winery resides in is a Lutheran Evangelical Church that was built by German immigrants. Being Lutheran I find that very humorous. So for me, it just doesn’t get much better than that, LOL! Until you get to the wine, that is.
Pirtle Winery has been open since 1978. According to their About Us page, they’ve been family owned and operated since they opened. What a great history to be able to claim. Located in Weston, Missouri, they’re a must stop on the Missouri Wine Trail.
Their wine line up contains the expected red and white grape varieties, but it also contains some fruit varieties such as apple, blueberry and cherry chocolate. An unexpected treat that you’ll find on their wine list is mead. If you’ve never experienced mead, you should try it at least once. What is mead? The simple definition is that it’s a wine made of honey. Here’s a good article on mead (courtesy of About.com). While many wineries tend to stay away from mead, Pirtle embraces it. There are currently three different types of mead listed for sale on Pirtle’s website. While I’m not personally a mead fan, I highly recommend stopping by to try Pirtle’s mead (and other wines, of course).
When you stop in at Pirtle, allow yourself a little time to look around. Pirtle has an indoor winegarden and wine bar (a new feature I haven’t seen yet) which can be enjoyed but if you’re there on a nice day, make it a point to buy a bottle of Pirtle wine, step outside to their vine-covered outdoor wine garden (located between the winery and press house), sit and enjoy the day and your wine. You won’t regret the time spent there.