This article is meant to be fun while supporting local businesses. You’ve likely heard “enjoy all things in moderation” and that goes for wine too. Clearly, we are not promoting the consumption of alcohol in excess.

If you’re searching for ways to enjoy the Kansas City area during a stay-cation, celebration or date night, we’ve compiled a list of eight local wineries and 8 Health Benefits of Drinking Wine.

Fence Stile WineryFence Stile Vineyards & Winery – Excelsior Springs

Fence Stile offers an outdoor patio (with fire pit) with a view of rolling hills in scenic Excelsior Springs. It is a family-friendly environment offering wine tastings (indoor tasting room), gift baskets, wine merchandise and accessories. You can book a private tasting and tour the wine caves. Plan a visit and view their calendar of events.

Belvoir WineryBelvoir Winery – Liberty

Located in the former Odd Fellows Home, the historic venue offers wine tastings, event space and the new Inn at Belvoir Winery. Taking full advantage of their history, you can sign up for the paranormal investigations and murder mystery dinners. Explore their Calendar of Events.

Ladoga RidgeLadoga Winery – Smithville

Described as a quaint haven, Ladoga welcomes visitors with a glass of wine and a tour of the winery and vineyards. Enjoy your wine outside among acres of vines or take it inside while visiting the gift shop. It’s an adult-only venue, except on specified family events. Discover what’s happening at Ladoga.

Jowler CreekJowler Creek Vineyard & Winery – Platte City

Jowler Creek uses green technology, such as solar power, to make its wine. You might also see sheep to control weeds and chickens to reduce insects on the 6-acre sustainable vineyard. While enjoying your wine, you might get a visit from some “creek critters.” Specially designed houses were built for hawks, owls and bats. Check out upcoming events.

Pirtle WineryPirtle Winery – Weston

The oldest of all the wineries on our list, Pirtle was established in 1978 and is located in a former Lutheran Evangelical Church built by German immigrants in 1867. The indoor winegarden and bar can accommodate 50 guests for special events. While there are no tours, you can enjoy a wine tasting and bring your own snack or purchase their picnic baskets with bread, cheese, sausage, fruit and mustard. Check out other facts about Pirtle.

Weston Wine CompanyWeston Wine Company – Weston

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend – and the theme for the wines at Weston Wine Company. It  offers gourmet mini cupcakes and delectable cheeses. Come relax or bring a group for a bachelorette party and take home a few treats from the wine shop. Upcoming events.

Riverwood WineryRiverwood Winery Tasting Room & Gift Shop – Rushville

With views of the Missouri River Bluff in a 1950s-era renovated school building, Riverwood boasts gourmet food such as cheeses, crackers, sausages, nuts, olives and chocolates to complement its wines, beer, whiskeys and spirits. Enjoy a variety of tastings, book a private party, shop or enjoy  live music, activities and more.

Vox VineyardVox Vineyards – Kansas City

Vox Vineyards prides itself on its location. The eastern woodlands, western plains, Ozark highlands and Mississippi Delta create the perfect environment for cultivating their grapes. Join them for a monthly Taste & Tour or other event. The Terravox Tasting Room is open at the Green Dirt Farm Creamery in Weston.

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather and gorgeous scenery at any of these locations. We always think it’s a great idea to support the local businesses in our community. And, please remember to be responsible while you’re having fun!