Sainte Genevieve Winery Wins Medals At Finger Lakes Event
The Sainte Genevieve Winery has been awarded a double gold medal for one of its wines at the prestigious Finger Lakes International Wine Competition event held this spring.
The winery’s Traminette, a semi-sweet white wine made from 100 percent Traminette grapes grown in Ste. Genevieve County, won the double gold.
In addition, its Cranberry wine won a silver medal and three wines––Blackberry, Cherry and Concord––won bronze.
The New York State-based Finger Lake competition drew over 3,000 wine entries from all 50 states and 15 countries.
The family owned and operated business was established in 1983 by Chris (Linus) and the late Hope Hoffmeister, making it the first winery in the county in contemporary times.
Their daughter, Elaine (Hoffmeister) Mooney, returned to the winery after receiving her degree in enology from the prestigious California State University- Fresno and now is the firm’s winemaker.
The winery also has won awards in prior years at other competitions, including the Tasters Guild International Wine Competition and the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition.
“We’re proud of the medals,” Mooney said. “We have a commitment to making quality, hand crafted Missouri wine in small lots, and we’d like to have a wine that suits every palate and every pocketbook.”
The Sainte Genevieve Winery’s vineyards and wine-making facilities are located in Sainte Genevieve County on acreage that was formerly the family farm.
The winery has a presence in downtown Ste. Genevieve at its building and garden patio on Merchant Street, where wine tastings are offered.
The winery produces almost two dozen different wines, including its popular line of fruit wines.