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Wine Country Gardens in Defiance MO

Updated on September 4, 2014

Enjoy Peaceful Country Living and Great Food at the Wine Country Gardens

Wine Country Gardens is only 45 minutes from downtown St. Louis, but the country living atmosphere makes you feel as if you were a world away.

Set on a hill in Missouri wine country, Wine Counry Gardens has a large nursery, a great wine tasting bar, and a wonderful patio cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating.

Enjoy good wine and wonderful food in a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

photos by Mary Beth Granger

Lunch at Wine Country Gardens Patio Cafe

country living at it's best

I had my first experience at the Wine Country Gardens cafe on a wonderful spring afternoon. A group of my friends met there for a little wine tasting, a stroll around the gardens and a great lunch at the patio cafe.

Our first stop was the wine bar where we sampled three of the many wines that were offered. My favorite was a semi-sweet white German wine called Scheurebe-Kabinett-2005. The wine bar is set in a large room with big windows overlooking the valley. There are tables set about and you can also order from their appetizer menu and enjoy some nice treats with your wines. I would suggest their wonderful homemade chips and dips.

Next, we ordered our lunch. I ordered the special of the day, a chicken breast stuffed with sundried tomatoes and a brie cheese sauce. It was served with some great loaded mashed potatoes. The meal was very tasty and filling. At only $6.00 it was really a bargain.

My friends ordered the following sandwiches: Beef Tenderloin, The Defiance and the Portobello. Everyone ordered the homemade chips and all were pleased with their selections. All of the meals were under $10.

I'm looking forward to having lunch at the Wine country Gardens again and trying other menu items!

Wine Accessories

Are you bringing a gift of wine? Here are some nice accessories to give with the wine.

Dining is Available on Big Country Porch

Dining is Available on Big Country Porch
Dining is Available on Big Country Porch

Lunch on the Patio - beautiful garden setting

On my second visit to Wine Country Gardens, my friend Beverly and I ate out on the patio. It was a beautiful September day and we really enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the great food.

Beverly had their Hawaiian Salad. It was full of great fried chicken, macadamia nuts, yellow and red peppers, and greens. It was served with a great tasting poppy seed dressing.

I had the special of the day, which was a Chicken Reuben. It was served an marbled bread and was delicious. it was served with their apple coleslaw.

Swan at Wine Country Gardens

There is always something interesting going on at Wine Country Gardens. I met a group of woman from my Bible class there and we enjoyed watching the Swans in the lake. Afterwards we went to the cafe and had a delightful lunch.

This time I had the salad with salmon potato pancakes on them. Very good!

Sunday Breakfast Buffet

Sundays from 9-1

Enjoy a Wonderful Country Breakfast

Featuring Stuffed French toast with Peach Marmalade Sauce

Waterfall adds to Peaceful Setting

Waterfall adds to Peaceful Setting
Waterfall adds to Peaceful Setting

Yummie Adult Desserts

Homemade Ice Cream and Wine are Combined to make wonderful ice cream and sorbet desserts.

Try flavors like

Tripleberry Fruit Wine

Pino Peach

Champaign Strawberry

Beautiful Views Surround the Wine Country Gardens

Beautiful Views Surround the Wine Country Gardens
Beautiful Views Surround the Wine Country Gardens

Petunias adorn one of the Outdoor Patios

Petunias adorn one of the Outdoor Patios
Petunias adorn one of the Outdoor Patios

Wine Country Gardens provides a Peaceful Atmosphere

Wine Country Gardens provides a Peaceful Atmosphere
Wine Country Gardens provides a Peaceful Atmosphere

Wine Country Gardens features a Beautiful Nursery - flowers surround the cafe

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Wine Country Gardens

Saturday Theme Dinners

Sunday Afternoon Music


Special Events

for more information and directions see WineCountry Gardens

Where is Defiance, Missouri?

From St. Louis take 40/64 west to Hwy 94 and then take Hwy 94 south. Wine Country Gardens is approximately 9 miles from Hwy 40/64.

45 minutes west of downtown St. Louis:
Defiance, Missouri

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    • ismeedee profile image


      4 years ago

      Looks like a lovely place!

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      Marti Lawrence 

      4 years ago from Grain Valley, Missouri

      This looks like a fun trip to make!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      7 years ago

      This is my kind of place, and you've captured it beautifully!

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      Liz Mackay 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Lovely gardens. Blessed.

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      7 years ago

      I am traveling around Squidooville and just stopped by this neighborhood and noticed this fantastic page!! So for this Memorial Day Weekend Road Trip, I wanted to leave you with a Blessing from a SquidAngel Have a safe and beautiful Memorial Day!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Looks like a beautiful place to visit! As always, your photos are gorgeous!

    • stefanruse profile image


      7 years ago

      I wish I could go there. Seems like very pleasant place to drink Fine Wine and enjoy the beautiful nature. Great lens and amazing place. Thank you.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      This wine country place looks delightful - I'd love to visit.

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      8 years ago

      It seems a perfect place to go the weekend. Thanks.

    • BuckHawkcenter profile image


      8 years ago

      This place looks beautiful! Will have to try it out. I'm drooling over the portobello mushroom item.

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      Jimmie Quick 

      8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      The cafe looks lovely and the menu sounds delicious!

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      Sami4u LM 

      8 years ago


      When I took a road trip down Rt66 I found some great small town restaurants. I just need to get away from my computer more.

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      Seeking Pearls 

      8 years ago from Pueblo West

      Wow-this looks like an elegant and wonderfully fun day for you and your friends. Wish I could of joined you. You did get a steal on that lunch price-sounds yummy and worth the 6.00 dollars.

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      Sensitive Fern 

      8 years ago

      When I lived in St. Louis many years ago a friend and I used to go to Augusta on Sunday afternoons in the late summer/early fall and get a bottle of wine and some cheese and enjoy them at a picnic table in the park there. The view was fantastic. I still miss that, and that was 25 years ago.

    • AlisonMeacham profile image


      8 years ago

      What beautiful photos!

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      8 years ago

      This looks like a really beautiful place! Our best small town restaurants unfortunately don't have much in terms of outdoor dining, since the warm weather is so short in the northeast.

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      oztoo lm 

      8 years ago

      What a beautiful and charming place to dine. The food sounds soo delicious it makes me hungry just thinking about it. Beautiful lens with great photo's.

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      How lovely! It makes me think of a wine tasting place we went to near St. Genevieve, Missouri. A great place for an outing with girlfriends or other pals.

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      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Charming! What a wonderful relaxing place to have lunch. Flowers are wonderful. :)

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      Carolan Ross 

      9 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Beautiful lens and looks like a wonderful place. I have a couple of friends in Defiance, so looks like time for a road trip to visit this place. In fact, I'm thinking of adding to my St. Louis site a list of favorite day trips, and this would be perfect for that. Thanks!

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      guitar for dumm 

      9 years ago

      Would actually visit that if I lived in St Louis. :)

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      9 years ago

      Again! Great job! Wow! I "favorited" this lens, too!

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful and made more so by your photographs! I have highlighted this lens on my restaurant review lens

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      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      The menu sounds really good. You don't see beef tenderloin in restaurants that often. Nice work!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Looks like a wonderful place to dine.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      It sure looks like a beautiful place to have lunch.

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      Moe Wood 

      9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      It looks like an incredibly beautiful place to spend some time with friends.

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      9 years ago

      That looks like a wonderful place to eat. Now I am hungry.

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful lens!

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      9 years ago

      Your photos are wonderful :)

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      Bambi Watson 

      9 years ago

      Your photos are always outstanding, beautiful lens :-)

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA


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      9 years ago

      Beautifully done! Looks like a lovely place.

    • AlisonMeacham profile image


      9 years ago

      This looks like a lovely place to dine. Wonderful photos!

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      9 years ago

      Looks like a beautiful place to enjoy a lunch with friends! Your photos are great as usual!


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