River Ridge

(573) 264-3712 County Road 321 P.o. Box 118
Commerce, MO 63742
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River Ridge Winery, situated in a century old farm house, and nestled in the hills above the Mississippi River, is owned by Jerry Smith, winemaker, and his wife, Joannie. The hand tended French Hyrid and Vinifers grapes grown on the hills behind the winery, produce wines of the highest quality. Jerry purchased the 80 acre farm and began planting grapes in 1980. Joannie, ironically, began the Christmas tree and Yule Log Cabin the same year. They later met and married February of 1993. Work began refurbishing the old farm house to become the winery. The doors opened September 17, 1994. Every year brought a new project in the expansion of River Ridge. The new wine production building, The Fermentation Room Cafe, pavilion, two tiered patio with firepit, moving the Yule Log Cabin to the bigger cabin, opening the Little Log Cabin for overnight guests and planting the Vinifera vineyard were major steps in River Ridge growth. Keller Ford became General Manager and Assistant Winemaker in 2003. The River Ridge staff now consists on 15 wonderful, full and part-time employees and still growing. Wine production topped 4000 gallons. Our goal of producing the best wines our Missouri soils can grow is being obtained Read more »

Varietals Produced by River Ridge View all

  • Cynthiana

  • Norton

    Norton was first created in the experimental garden of the eccentric Dr. Daniel Norton in 1820s Richmond, VA. His int...

  • Chambourcin

    Little is known about the exact parentage of Chambourcin. It was a hybrid developed by Joannes Seibel in the Loire Va...

  • Vignoles

    Popular in northeastern and midwest regions of America, this white wine-producing hybrid produces an excellent desser...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Which Cab Sav's are REALLY good right of the bat (upon release from the winery) and even better after 5 years?  Read More

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  • Thomas George Estates Starr Ridge Vineyard Russian River Valley Estate Grenache 2012

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    Initially seen on wine list, recommended by waitress, thoroughly complimented our dinner. Headed to the winery next day to purchase a few. Enjoyed the tasting and the ambience. Read More

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  • Hi everybody I'm a small store owner at the edge of the rust belt, my customers rarely spend over $20 for a bottle, and I am looking to improve my selection a bit beyond what is here now. If you have a minute to help a guy out let me know what you think are the best wines that usually sell for $20 or less. Thanks ! Read More

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  • Yeah vinOvinO, I bit too. An eclectic mix I think.Cabot Vineyards - Aged Zins 6pk - 2ea 2007 Zinfandel Tributary, 2009 Zinfandel Tributary, 2009 Klamath Cuvée Ladd Cellars - Mixed 3pk - 2012 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, 2012 Moore Ranch RRV Pinot Noir, 2010 Moore Ranch RRV Pinot NoirVeleta Wines - Reservas Trio - 2ea  2010 Veleta Noladós, 2009 Ve... Read More

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  • CY, welcome to Snooth! We are also on the East Coast but have made quite a few trips to CA wine country over the years with an emphasis on the Northern Sonoma and especially the Russian River area so I'll let the others talk to Napa (although I will 2nd the advice to search out Robin Akhurst). Here are a few of my favorites:Scherrer (need to mak... Read More

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  • Hi everyone.  This is my first post on the boards.  My wife and I are doing a long weekend in Healdsburg (Jan 15-17) and Yountville (Jan 17-19) over MLK weekend and were looking for some recommendations on wineries to visit.  We tend to like more full bodied red wines, but are open to other wines as well. We are from New York and want to focus o... Read More

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  • I think OT had a thread in Berserkers all about pictures of vines and vineyards...tried to find one on here but came up short. There was some talk of Limerick Lane (has a nice ring to it) on here recently, I believe Mark has some of the wines. Just now I noticed a nice picture of some Limerick Lane Vineyard rows posted to Facebook by Adam of Sid... Read More

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  • Hi Aline!Looks like you have Napa pretty much under control or at least have a lot of options. For Napa scenery, Newton Vineyard is awesome although it'll probably be a bit pricey, the wine is pretty good.Downtown Healdsburg has a bunch of tasting rooms, not quite Lompoc but easily walkable and lots of other shops and restaurants. There are a co... Read More

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  • Hi guys, it's me again... crazy Brazilian-New Yorker chick asking for advice on wine travel...So I will have 4 full days in the area (May 14-17) and wanted to pick your brains for anything amazing and cost-beneficial you can come up with (except for hotels, I could care less about where I stay, all money goes to wine!).For timing reasons, my mai... Read More

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  • Since I canceled that Domaine Serene wine club yesterday and saved us around $550, Sandra gave her approval for me to use a few Total Wine $15 coupons that we recently received.  I didn't waste any time at all - I bought a bunch of stuff this morning!  My focus on today's shopping trip was French wine, both Red Burgundy and Red Bordeaux.  I was ... Read More

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