Thank you to Kim Hudson with Fox 2 in St. Louis for inviting us on their morning show to discuss Röbller wine, including the bicentennial wine created for Franklin County, Missouri. Learn more about the 1818 Franklin County Reserve here.
Röbller Vineyard has been named best winery in mid-Missouri by readers of Feast magazine in the publication’s annual Feast 50 issue.
Over 100,000 votes were cast by Feast readers in the seventh annual Feast 50 Awards, which highlights the best of Missouri’s food and drink scene. Röbller Vineyard received the top honor out of a list of 15 wineries in the mid-Missouri region, which includes Columbia, Jefferson City, Augusta, Hermann, and surrounding areas.
“We are grateful for this award and thankful to those who voted,” says winemaker Jerry Mueller. “This honor affirms that our commitment to ‘winegrowing’ as a craft is both recognized and appreciated.”
Since 1990, Röbller Vineyard has produced meticulously-crafted, European-style wines using grapes grown exclusively at the family-owned vineyard in New Haven, Missouri. The property boasts panoramic views of the rolling hills and breathtaking sunsets.
This year marks Röbller’s 30th growing season, with the first grapevines planted by Mueller’s parents Robert and Lois Mueller in 1988. Specializing in French-inspired winemaking traditions, the vineyard produces a variety of French hybrid grapes including Chambourcin, St. Vincent, Villard Noir, Vidal, Seyval, Vignoles, and Traminette, as well as Missouri’s state grape, Norton.
Röbller wines are sold at multiple locations in St. Louis and mid-Missouri. Complimentary tastings and picnic seating are available seven days a week at the vineyard, located off of HWY 100 in New Haven, a short drive from Hermann. Röbller is also a stop on the Hermann Wine Trail, with events highlighting seasonal food pairings at seven Hermann-area wineries.
Every year we wait for winter to release its grip on the vineyard. Always there is an uncertainty until the plants show themselves. Then the assessment of what is to come for the years harvest begins.
Well, we have found this winter to leave us in good shape and the vineyard is looking as good as it ever has. The rains, which seem to mess up everybody’s outdoor plans has given the plants the water they need to make it through the summer. Like with everyone’s yard it is difficult keeping up with the mowing, and yes the mowing and the mowing and the mowing….. Well the place is looking great and the anticipation of a great harvest is what we are planning for at this point. But yet mother nature always has a play that will throw us a curve. What that is has yet to be revealed. So in the mean time come out and make to most of what is. We have some great wines which are showing extremely well and the place is green as all get out and Sunny Camp Robller is always welcoming for family and friends.
What a year this has been, from the polar vortex, to rains that didn’t seem to end, a plagues worth of Japanese Beetles devouring the vineyard for months, and little birds with voracious appetites. While in the end we had just enough sunshine and warmth to dry things out, ripen the fruit allowing another vintage tale to be expressed in the wines. Thankfully we missed out on hail, tornados and wildfires. That which does not kill us makes us stronger is a good thought to hold onto as we finish out this year. This story however starts a little bit earlier. Let’s take a trip back in time to the early 1800’s when the first deed for our property, a land grant, was issued. Our house was built in 1821 which was the year of Missouri’s statehood. This was 35 years before the founding of New Haven which means those who came before us established their legacy in an area and era that truly required hard work and perseverance.
What the past several years tell us is that immigrants in the beginning had a pretty good knack for picking land. Our property is situated on the first bluff south of the Missouri river which would have been reminiscent of many European landscapes. This land which we now occupy has wonderfully deep soil with enough clay to maintain a water table even during the driest times. Being on the hill top we enjoy great airflow, drainage and sunshine, providing our grapes with perfect conditions to develop hardy root systems and produce character rich fruit. What they saw in the land way back when is what has given our vineyard the ability to survive in these toughest of conditions.
We have found many successes over the past 26 years which have been the result of our hard work and perseverance. Of course we have running water, electricity, indoor plumbing, refrigeration, the internet and a long list of niceties that makes what could be considered as tough times, pale in comparison to the plight of our predecessors. We are compelled to honor those and their foresight by nurturing our land while bringing to bear wines that embrace the textural qualities this land brings us each harvest. And with this our inaugural blog for the launch of our new website stirs the philosophical contemplative measurement of accomplishments tempered by the backdrop of those who were here before us. To those we raise up our glass and toast them honoring their commitment dedication and vision of what can and will be as we carry on in their footsteps.