Mount Pleasant Estates grows its grapes locally in the Augusta Appellation, the first government-appointed wine-growing district in the United States. As the largest purveyor of Augusta Appellation wine, the proprietors of Mount Pleasant Estates hold their product to a high standard and strive to ensure that Augusta remains one of the leading viticultural areas of America.

Our Vinyard | The Winemaking Process | The Lab & Bottle Line | Wine Spectator Ratings | Beverage Testing Institute Ratings

Our Vineyards

There are three valleys in the Augusta Appellation: Schluersburg, Augusta and Emke. Estate-grown grapes are farmed on the surrounding hillsides. Each vineyard location is different in makeup and lends itself to different taste profiles. The experienced vineyard master makes the decisions as to where the different varieties are planted.

Mount Pleasant grows grapes on the hillsides rather than in the fields of the river bottomlands, because these areas are not susceptible to frosts and floods, and allow optimum sun exposure. Small-plot, hillside farming involves some of the most expensive, agricultural techniques in the world yet provides the highest quality fruit year in and year out. It takes three years for a vine to bear fruit and five years before it is at full production.

All of Mount Pleasant’s grapes are grown using sustainable viticulture; an integrated system of wine grape growing that is economically viable, socially supportive and ecologically sound.

The Winemaking Process

During late summer, the vineyard crew harvests ands transports the grapes to the “crushing area,” where the grapes are pressed into juice. Once the juice is extracted, it is moved through underground pipes to stainless steel tanks and oak barrels.

Fermentation is the natural process of yeast converting fruit sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide. This process can vary from three to sixty days, depending on style, variety, temperature, and selected yeast strains.

The Lab & Bottling Line

The laboratory is used throughout the winemaking process to test the wine for proper blending, pH, acidity, tannins, alcohol content, and overall quality assurance. Once the wine meets is approved, the wines are bottled on the bottling line. Even after the wine is bottled, the winemaker utilizes the lab to insure quality and proper aging.

Wine Spectator Ratings

Cabernet Sauvignon American NV
Score: 82 points
Release Price: $48
Soft and jammy, with raisin , plum, and licorice notes and a light toasty finish.

Vignoles Missouri 2009
Score: 82 points
Release Price $29
Clean and soft with off-dry plum and peach notes. Finishes with a hint of fruit cocktail.

American Villagio NV
Score: 82 points
Release Price: $22
Light, with an off-dry edge to the peach and apple notes, followed by a clean, quick finish. Rayon d’Or, Vidal Blanc, and Vignoles.

Merlot America NV
Score: 83 points
Release Price: $48
Soft and lightly jammy, with plum, cherry and toasty vanilla notes backed by a light raisined hint on the finish.

Norton Missouri 2007
Score: 85 points
Release Price: $38
A darker style, featuring mulled plum skin, blueberry and loganberry notes, laced with hints of raisin on the finish. 

Beverage Testing Institute Ratings

Cabernet Sauvignon Augusta, Missouri NV
World Wine Championships Award: Gold 
Rating: 90 points
Toasted coconut, berry crème brulee, dried currant, and sweet spices follow through to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body. Finishes with hints of savory herb and tomato with chewy, gripping tannins.

Merlot Augusta, Missouri NV
World Wine Championships Award: Gold 
2010 Midwest Wine Challenge Best Missouri Red
Rating: 92 points
Baked berry, licorice, coconut cream, and delicate eucalyptus aromas follow through to a dry-yet-fruity medium body. Finishes with dried fruit, wood spice and tannin accents. Reminiscent of a high end Australian Shiraz.

2009 Vignoles Augusta, Missouri
World Wine Championships Award: Gold
2010 Midwest Wine Challenge Best Missouri White
Rating: 91 points
Bright caramel nut apple, cream soda, banana cake, and peach jam aromas follow through to a fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body. Finishes with a long, tangy citrus marmalade and mineral wave. Crowd and table friendly.

2009 Villagio Augusta, Missouri
World Wine Championships Award: Silver
Rating: 89 points

Aromas of dried flowers, lanolin lotion, and baked yellow apples and peaches follow through to a dryish light-to-medium body with soft smooth texture. Finishes with a touch of lemon spritzed apple and nougat.

Claret Augusta Missouri NV
World Wine Championships Award: Bronze
Rating: 84 points

Deep garnet with a violet rim. Aromas of cacao shells and blueberry tart follow through to a dry-yet-fruity medium body. Finishes with crisp, drying spiced apple and wood tannin fade.

Norton Augusta, Missouri NV
World Wine Championships Award: Gold
2010 Midwest Wine Challenge Best Norton
Rating: 91 points
Dense floral aromas of boysenberries and cherries, strawberry jam, and coconut crème brulee follow through to a dry-yet-fruity medium-full body with a great purity on fruit and intensity. Finishes with a long, spicy and savory rhubarb and tomato mélange.

2007 Norton Augusta, Missouri
World Wine Championships Award: Silver
Rating: 88 points

Creamy mocha, dried cherries, and buttery cashew brittle aromas follow through on a supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body. A flavorful sipper or table wine.

2009 Villagio Augusta, Missouri
World Wine Championships Award: Silver
Rating: 89 points

Aromas of dried flowers, lanolin lotion, baked yellow apples, and peaches follow through to a dryish light-to-medium body with good depth and soft smooth texture. Finishes with a touch of lemon spritzed apple and nougat.