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 produced from grapes grown in the Amigoni Vineyard, located 60 miles east of Kansas City in Centerview, Missouri, and from vineyards in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley, including regions like Lodi, Sierra Foothills and Amador County.
Amigoni Family Vineyard
Amigoni Family Vineyard was established in 2000 when Michael Amigoni decided to take his home-winemaking hobby to the next level. After planting 40 Cabernet Franc vines in his backyard in Leawood, Kansas, he and his wife, Kerry, purchased land in Centerview, Missouri, so they could grow more varieties and supply other home winemakers and area wineries with grapes.
Cabernet Franc was the first vine planted, followed by Viognier, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Mourvedre and Malbec. For more than a decade, the family vineyard served as a classroom for Michael while he developed techniques to battle the tough conditions that make it difficult for growing these types of grapes in the Midwest.
It wasn’t long after the first vines were planted that Michael and Kerry decided to open a commercial winery. The first tasting room was in the Livestock Exchange Building and production started at around 300 cases.
In 2011, renovations began on the current tasting room, located in the Daily Drover Telegram Building across the street from the original Amigoni location. This was the former home for the livestock industry’s trade publication, the Daily Drover Telegram. In May of 2012, renovations were complete and the new tasting room opened with an event space. In 2017, production was moved from a nearby facility to the Telegram building.
Over the last five years, Amigoni has expanded production to around 4,000 cases. Beyond the 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.
Guests can tour our facility by appointment six days a week. Our tours take you behind the scenes in our production facility, where you’ll learn about the winemaking process from grape to bottle.
For more information or to book a tour, email [email protected] or call 913-890-3289.