Small Winery — Big Taste: Rowe Ridge Vineyard & Winery

May 19, 2022 | Member features

Many Kansans are familiar with the popularity of attractions within the Kansas City area. What comes to your mind first? Perhaps it could be their professional athletic teams, famous barbeque recipes, or maybe even the historic American Royal Livestock Show. While these are great reasons to visit, may we suggest another: A little winery with huge potential by the name of Rowe Ridge Vineyard & Winery.


Tucked within a residential area of Wyandotte County, Rowe Ridge began when Marc and Pamela Rowe planted the very first vines on their five-acre property in 2005. After retiring in 2010, the Rowes were able to build up their inventory and officially opened the winery in 2012. Today, visitors can try samples in the tasting room, as well as attend special events featuring music and other vendors throughout the year.


Even though Wyandotte County’s only winery is located in a residential area, it is still very easy to access. Along with those who live in the neighborhood, Rowe Ridge has had visitors from Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, and even from other countries such as China, Australia and Japan! “It is always exciting to meet with customers, whether they are new or returning,” Pamela said.


When it comes to the wine making process, the Rowes are truly a team. With the grape harvesting process beginning in the fall, the Rowes are able to process their grapes on their own property. Pamela specializes in making the wine, while Marc bottles it. Currently, they only offer their own brand, Rowe Ridge Wines, including the Rowe Family Wines, which are three semi-sweet wines, along with dry and sweet varieties and two fruit wines. You can even purchase wine slushies, which are perfect for summertime!


Pamela mentioned that the wine industry can be difficult to get into, but her background in sales benefited her greatly, along with forming connections with other wine producers in the area, and of course, learning by doing. “One of the great things about (the Kansas wine industry) is that we are not competitors,” Pamela explained. “We support each other.”


For updates and more information on events and special offers, be sure to check out Rowe Ridge Winery’s website and Facebook page.