Winery opens near Millersburg

Regina Ruppert pours a sample of Touch of Black N Gold, a black currant merlot, at Serenity Valley Winery Saturday morning. Ruppert and her husband, Lee, moved their winery to the Millersburg area from O’Fallon in November.

Regina Ruppert pours a sample of Touch of Black N Gold, a black currant merlot, at Serenity Valley Winery Saturday morning. Ruppert and her husband, Lee, moved their winery to the Millersburg area from O’Fallon in November. Photo by Katherine Cummins.

MILLERSBURG — The owners of Serenity Valley Winery may be new to Callaway County, but they certainly are not new to the wine-making business.

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Lee and Regina Ruppert relocated their 5-year-old boutique winery from O’Fallon to a spot on County Road 342 just outside Millersburg in November and opened their doors a month later.

“We made the move partly to be closer to our daughter and partly because we were looking for an outdoor location — before we were in a strip mall — and we didn’t want to be on top of other wineries,” Regina Ruppert said. “We decided this was the ideal spot.”

Serenity Valley will be at the Taste of Jefferson City event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Capitol Plaza Hotel.

Lee Ruppert said he started as a wine maker and viticulturist 20 years ago because “after a fashion, it’s a family tradition.”

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