Amigoni Urban Winery produces small lots of dry handcrafted wines in the Stockyards District of Kansas City’s Historic West Bottoms. We focus on traditional European grape varietals, like Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Viognier. Our locally-made wines are made from grapes grown in the Amigoni Vineyard, located 60 miles east of Kansas City in Centerview, Missouri and from grape-growers in the Lodi AVA, which is in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley.
Amigoni Family Vineyard
Amigoni Family Vineyard was established in 2000. Currently, the 10-acre farm has six acres of vinifera grapes. Vinifera grapes are the vine species that produces over 99 percent of the world’s wines today. Vitis vinifera has been planted all over the world. It is native to Europe as well as East and Central Asia. There are estimated to be thousands of varieties of this species, some of the best know are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Riesling and Zinfandel. Most of the vineyard is planted with Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Other vinifera varieties planted in the vineyard are Viognier, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot and Malbec.
Amigoni Vineyards is located near Centerview, Missouri, east of Kansas City and is managed by the Amigoni Family. The vineyard has a limestone and shale bedrock base about 60 inches from the surfave, which is ideal for grape-growing. The French coined the term “terroir”. The literal meaning is that each vineyard of grapes will develop a unique flavor influenced by the land and its own unique micro-climate. Our vineyard in Centerview, MO has a limestone and shale bedrock base about 60 inches from the surface which is ideal for grapes roots. The surface layer of the land is black, firm silty-clay loam. The land is terraced and has a unique terroir that should allow very good ripening of the grapes, moderate air circulation and black limestone influences that will add to the complexity of the grape juice.
Our signature grape, Cabernet Franc is also the signature red grape of the Loire Valley of France. The wine you will taste from our grapes will not ever taste exactly like the Loire Valley which has its own terroir. Our Cabernet Franc will be influenced by the soil, wind, rainfall, winter cold, summer heat, and management of the vines. Our award-winning Cabernet Franc is also influenced by the clones we have selected. We have clones 214, 332 and 327 in our vineyard blocs.
We have recognized that growing vinifera under the adverse conditions of the continental climate is challenging and against the grain. However, we have developed unique techniques that protect vines and push the envelope to be successful with the premium international varieties of grapes. Every growing season we learn another small piece of the puzzle to growing these varieties. When the weather works in our favor, we see exceptional fruit. When there are challenging years, we supplement with fruit from our partners who grow vinifera.
Over the last five years, we have experience a large amount of growth and have expanded our production of Amigoni wines. Beyond our estate vineyard, we look to our west coast partners for quality vinifera grapes. This relationship allows us to supplement our grapes and experiment with unique varietals we don’t grow, like Cinsaut, Barbera, Sangiovese and Tempranillo. The grapes primarily come from the Lodi region of California, which is south of Sacramento and north of Stockton. The whole-cluster fruit comes to our production facility in the West Bottoms, where it is crushed, pressed, fermented, barrel-aged and bottled.
Visit our tasting room, winery and event space in the historic Telegram building, which once served as the home of the livestock industry news publication The Daily Drovers Telegram. Wine tastings and tours are available six days a week. For more information and tasting room hours, visit www.amigoni.com, email [email protected] or call 913-890-3289.