Visit the Many Wineries Surrounding Cape This Fall

The best way to celebrate the fall season in the Cape Girardeau area is to sit among the color-changing leaves at the many, surrounding wineries.  These include Hunter Valley Winery near Trail of Tears, Steele Crest Winery in Jackson, Mo., River Ridge Winery in Commerce, Mo., and Tower Rock Winery in Altenburg, Mo.  Cup ‘N’ Cork in Downtown Cape Girardeau is also a great place to enjoy a glass of wine and take in the historic landscape during the autumn months.

Hunter Valley Winery is located on State Hwy V near Trail of Tears State Park, which is about 12 miles north of the City. Hunter Valley is open on Fridays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m.

Enjoy their large wine selection with an appetizer, Panini or a St. Louis-style pizza.  They also have a sculpture garden containing sculptures from local artists, such as Matthew Miller, Ed Smith, Rob Friedrich, Nathan Pierce and Libby Miles.

For more information on Hunter Valley Winery, call 573-332-0879 or email

Steele Crest Winery is a relatively new establishment located at 2055 State Highway Y in Jackson, Mo., about 4 miles from Cape Girardeau.  They are open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Steele Crest features the tallest, outdoor wood-fired pizza oven in the state.  They have wrap-around porches that seat 150 people, an indoor, tasting room that seats approximately 70 people and they offer 16 varieties of wine.  Enjoy one or several with their appetizers, sandwiches, salads and pizza.

Steele Crest hosts several local entertainers.  The following will be playing during the month of November:  Casey Reeves on Sunday, Nov. 4 and Sunday, Nov. 25, Lindsay Bowerman on Saturday, Nov. 10, The Red Goat Band on Sunday, Nov. 11, and Dave Gerlach on Saturday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 24.

For more information on Steele Crest Winery, call 573-803-9426.

Tower Rock Winery is located at 10769 Hwy A in historic Altenburg, Mo., a beautiful, 40-minute drive from Cape Girardeau.  Their winter hours begin on Nov. 1 and end on Apr. 1.  They will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

Tower Rock Winery has a beautiful landscape with a vineyard view and a small pond, complete with a small deck and seating.  During the warmer months, the winery hosts different musical entertainers.

Tower Rock Winery’s name was derived from the limestone island located on the Mississippi River just 2 miles east.  Take a visit to this National Historic Site then enjoy some delicious Sangria at Tower Rock Winery.

For more information on Tower Rock Winery, call 573-824-5479 or email

River Ridge Winery is located in Commerce, County Road 321, only 30 minutes from Cape Girardeau.  The winery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 364 days a year.  The café is daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the exception of Fridays when the close at 8 p.m.

River Ridge has an array of wines to choose from, including dry whites, dry reds, semi-dry, semi-sweet and reserve.  Savor the many flavors with any appetizer, salad, sandwich or dessert at the café.  Customers may also sit at their many outdoor tables and take in the wooded country, or grab a glass and take a walk to their scenic vineyard.

River Ridge hosts live entertainment every weekend from April to October from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  But during their fall and winter months, take a trip to Commerce, Mo.and bask in the view of the Mighty Mississippi before stopping at the nearby winery.

For more information on River Ridge Winery, call 573-264-3712 or email

If the country isn’t desirable for your wine-tasting needs, head to Downtown Cape Girardeau and stop at the Cup ‘N’ Cork.  Their hours are as follows: Mondays through Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cup ‘N’ Cork has several wines to choose from, and they have a front-porch patio for relaxation and enjoying the historic landscape.  This small delicatessen is just a block away from the Mississippi River Walk, and they also have amazing coffee drinks and teas to enjoy as well.

Cup ‘N’ Cork also hosts singer/songwriter nights every third Thursday of the month.  Drink a yummy beverage and listen to local tunes or partake in the playing.

For more information on Cup ‘N’ Cork, call 573-651-5282 or email

All of these wineries and cafes can be found on Facebook.