Northwest Missouri Winery Sees Success

By Ronelle Williams |

Published 07/20 2014 07:10PM

Updated 07/20 2014 10:50PM

(SMITHVILLE, Mo.) Far from the fields of Napa, a Northwest Missouri winery is making a name for themselves in the wine world.

"We felt like the community needed a destination and we wanted to be close to our children and grandchildren.  Hopefully provide some jobs for the community and our family and that has happened so we're really pleased about that," said Co-Owner and Manager Leinda Haddock.

Lagoda Ridge Winery in Smithville has been open for 3 years.  3 years that have had its up and downs.

"Everything wants your grapes.  Raccoons, deer.  Hail will destroy it, the weather's a big part of it," said Co-Owner and Wine Maker Galen Haddock.

Lagoda Ridge Winery is still recovering from a recent drought but this season's rainfall has helped.

"The 2012 drought was pretty devastating here.  We lost around 600 vines and we re-planted those this last spring.  And I was just a little while ago out in the vineyard pruning and they look very good.  This is a very good year for planting vines," said Galen.

Holding to their uniqueness, customers have the ability to get a look at the winery from a different angle.  A viewing window allows customers to see the wine being bottled and to also get a look at the tanks that hold the wine.

"When they come into the winery we don't want them to have an experience of just the tasting room.  The viewing window was my idea when we first decided to build the winery so people could actually see us bottling wine," said Galen.

And for visitors, it's a place to come out and enjoy the wine and the sights.

"So this is our new home down in this area and this is our new every Sunday place," said Customer Mike Johnson.

If you would like to try Lagoda Ridge wine but can't make it out to the winery, several Hy-Vees carry it including in St. Joseph.

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