The Blufftop Bistro at Les Bourgeois Winery in Rocheport Missouri is a unique dinning experience . Located on a blufftop over-looking the Missouri River, the Blufftop Bistro’s panoramic windows offer spectacular views of the river and woods beyond. The rustic-chic decor and open floor-plan add to the mother-nature inspired ambiance of the intimate dining room. Weather permitting, there are outside areas that can be used for dining in addition to the dinning room.
Menus are changed seasonally to ensure that only the freshest local ingredients are used. The menus offer a provincial fare at lunch and dinner, in addition to several daily specials prepared by the chef. Menus include several house-smoked meats, and produce sun-ripened in Les Bourgeois’ own garden. Sunday bunch includes brunch specials as well as the regular appetizers, salads and full children’s menu.
Choices of complimentary house wines are listed next to each menu item.
The Blufftop Bistro’s hours vary by season.
March – October
Tuesday – Saturday 11 – 9
Sunday 11 – 3
November – February
Tuesday – Thursday 11 – 8
Friday & Saturday 11 – 9
Sunday 11 – 3
Open from 3 -5 offering appetizers, salads and desert.
The A-Frame is a deli-style operation where picnickers can pick-up prepared picnic baskets, and wines either by the bottle or by the glass. In addition soft drinks and beer can also be purchased. The winery offers picnic areas, but patrons are also permitted to picnic in the Winegarden.
The A-Frame is open during the summer months, when the weather is seasonable for picnics Monday – Sunday from noon to sundown.
Gift Shop and Tasting Room
The Les Bourgeois gift shop is located about a mile from the winery (right off I-70.) Inside, visitors can purchase a myriad of wine-related gifts and accessories in addition to wines, or visit with resident cats Chardonel and Brix. Guided tours of the winery begin here and are given on Saturdays and Sundays at 1, 2 and 3 pm. Other times are available only by special arrangement.
The Gift Shop and Tasting Room is open daily from 11 – 6.
Les Bourgeois is home to 27 acres of vineyards. 5 locations in all, the vineyards are each home to a different grape varietal and are scattered about the property. The varietals grown here are:
Norton – (Also known as Cynthiana,) Norton is the oldest North American varietal still in commercial cultivation. The Norton varietal typically produces rich deeply-pigmented wines with spicy, raspberry scented aromas.
Chambourcin – One of the most abundantly cultivated red-hybrid varietals, Chambourcin typically produces blue/black berry and cherry scented aromas.
Chardonel – A late ripening white wine hybrid grape. Chardonel varietals typically produce high-quality white wines which are similar to, yet often said to be better than, it’s parent Chardonnay.
Vignoles – A popular and versatile Missouri varietal. Vignoles typically produce wines with floral aromas and fruity flavors of pineapple and apricot.
Vidal – Vidal is generally used to make dry to semi-dry white wine with fruity characteristics. Vidals typically produce wines with clean citrusy aromas and flavors.
At Les Bourgeois, all these varietals (with the exception of the Chardonel) are grown on a cordon trellis system. This type of system indicates that the grapes grow on a single 6-foot high wire and shoots are trained to grow downward. The Chardonel are grown on a vertical shoot positioning system. This type of system indicates that the grapes are grown on a 3-foot high wire, and the shoots are trained up wards toward the 6 catch wires.
Awards – Gold Medal Winners
Jerry D Mead’s New World International Wine Competition
2004 Estate Bottled Collectors Series Chardonel won Best Varietal, and Best of Class Gold Metals
Indy International Wine Competition
2002 Riverboat White won a Gold Metal
2003 Missouri Wine and Grape Juice Competition
2001 Chardonel won a Gold Metal
2002 Chardonel won a Gold Metal
Tasters Guild International
1999 Premium Claret-Norton won a double Gold and Best in Class