From Obscure to Extraordinary

The La Bella Story

The groundwork for La Bella Vineyards & Winery was laid in the spring of 1997. The former winery, New Oak Vineyards, began trellising grapevines and developing a piece of land that at the time had no significant meaning nor ties to grapes or wine. They only had a vision to provide ‘Missourians a treat by creating a destination that had the same unique feel of wineries you’d visit in their ancestral homeland: Italy. But by 2010 the owners of New Oak Vineyards decided to divest the land that lay home to a beautiful vineyard & winery. This led to the Soendker family, unbeknownst at that time, to begin a dream they didn’t know they even had. Ryan, the older brother, was a successful lawn and landscape entrepreneur. Cory, the younger brother, just over a semester’s away from graduating from the University of Missouri and was yearning to start something new with his brother. Cindy, the mother, seeing an opportunity for her boys was all in with the vineyard & winery. In November 2010, while studying in class, Cindy called Cory to inform him that he happened to be amongst the newest owner(s) of a Missouri vineyard & winery. The Soendkers were ecstatic as well as frightened. Even though they knew relatively little about the nurturing of the grapes and the production of wine they knew one thing- they loved quality wines. This created a strong desire to produce a wide variety of wines of only the utmost quality. To do this our vintner, Ryan, has learned to on a daily basis tend to the grape vines during the coldest and hottest 10 months of the year to ensure grape quality. Missouri grape growers are presented with special challenges due to wide swings in temperate and rainfall. But that doesn’t stop the Soendker’s from growing some of the most recognized Missouri varietals: Vidal, Vignoles, Seyval, Traminette, Chambourcin, St. Vincent, and Norton. Upon harvest, the grapes are moved to La Bella’s on-site processing facility to begin the transformation of grapes to wine. Winemaker Cory then begins the meticulous process of deciding, based upon that years growing season, what grapes will be best suited for the different styles of wine. La Bella produces dry to sweet red and white wines as well as fruit and dessert style wines.

The La Bella Story

In November 2010, while studying in class, Cindy called Cory to inform him that he happened to be amongst the newest owner(s) of a Missouri vineyard & winery. The Soendkers were ecstatic as well as frightened. Even though they knew relatively little about the nurturing of the grapes and the production of wine they knew one thing- they loved quality wines. This created a strong desire to produce a wide variety of wines of only the utmost quality. To do this our vintner, Ryan, has learned to on a daily basis tend to the grape vines during the coldest and hottest 10 months of the year to ensure grape quality. Missouri grape growers are presented with special challenges due to wide swings in temperate and rainfall. But that doesn’t stop the Soendker’s from growing some of the most recognized Missouri varietals: Vidal, Vignoles, Seyval, Traminette, Chambourcin, St. Vincent, and Norton.

The La Bella Story

Upon harvest, the grapes are moved to La Bella’s on-site processing facility to begin the transformation of grapes to wine. Winemaker Cory then begins the meticulous process of deciding, based upon that years growing season, what grapes will be best suited for the different styles of wine. La Bella produces dry to sweet red and white wines as well as fruit and dessert style wines.

La Bella Vineyards & Winery sits amid rolling hills of Missouri farm country. It's a bit off the beaten path - I imagine very few people just stumble across it,

– Tmae54

Vineyards

Oakley (Ancient Vines)

Oakley is home to some of the oldest and rarest grapevines in California, some over 100 years old, bearing Zinfandel, Carignane, Mourvedre, Viognier, and other Rh么ne-style varietals. Sandy soil, deep roots, and a climate of hot days and cool nights produce fruit of legendary intensity, character and flavor. Discover the magic of these Ancient Vines here

Carneros (The Estate)

Grapes that ripen slowly produce more flavor, color and character. Our estate vineyards are cooled down every afternoon by the "Carneros Express," an ocean-borne breeze that helps increase the fruit's 'hang time.' Shallow clay and loam soils help the vines produce small, tight clusters. The estate is planted with Syrah, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne grapes.

Sonoma Coast (Petaluma Gap)

These vineyards in the region known as the Petaluma Gap are draped in morning fog from the nearby Pacific, with a combination of shallow clay and deep loam blocks that make this area much sought-after for pinot noir and other challenging varietals. Check out our Sonoma Coast Collection here