The roots of Sugarloaf Vineyard began in 1958 with a vision of an apple, pear and peach orchard at the edge of the Big Niangua river on the Lake of the Ozarks. A combination of the rich river soils and temperate winds across the Niangua waters created an ideal environment for the orchard. The orchard ran its life cycle and produced wonderful fruit for the next 40 years and during that time much of the fruit dropped to the ground enriching the soils and setting up a unique condition for Sugarloaf Vineyards. In 2007 the first plot of Chardonel was planted followed by plots of Norton grapevines in 2008, 2009 and another plot of Chardonel in 2012. The first vintage of Chardonel was harvested in 2010 and our first Norton in 2011 and it is very true that you can smell and taste the apple, pear and peach of the original Sugarloaf orchard!

Poetic justice… the 40 year orchard lives on in the subtle nuance of sugarloaf wines!

In the 1960’s and early 70’s the Sugarloaf Vineyards property was a lively, hubbub of activity and site of the Camdenton square dancing clubs. Almost any night you could show up and “grab your partner and swing ‘em around”. Imaging dozens of square dancers twirling on the very spot of the Sugarloaf pavilion tasting bar. Sometimes, from the corner of our eye we think we see a square dancer or two but the image fades as we turn our heads in that direction!

 

The owners of Sugarloaf Vineyards, Ward & Barb Morris, have a history in the hospitality and food service. Barb owned and operated 4 Lake area restaurants over the past 25 years as well as a USDA inspected smokehouse marketing her BBQ brisket, Cornish hens and ribs to over 30 restaurants in the St. Louis area. She offers this same BBQ recipe at our Pavilion to complement our wines, especially our Norton. Ward grew up in the restaurant business; the son of a prominent entrepreneur, Ivor Morris, who owned 11 restaurants from Kansas City to Columbia to the Lake of the Ozarks and spanning an illustrious 40 year career.

 

 

 

Our motto is and has always been, “When you come into our business (our “Home”) we want you to feel like Family”!

 

Ward and Barb