The Lake of the Ozarks area could soon have another vineyard and winery, as a local couple plans to open the first phase of a vine-to-bottle operation this summer.
Jed and Jackie Mathany of Mathany Family Vineyards are moving through the processes of gaining approval for a multi-component winery in the City of Lake Ozark. The plan to operate a winery in a C-2 (General Commercial) district just off Bagnell Dam Blvd. received a thumbs-up from the Planning and Zoning Commission in early December and the board of aldermen a week later. Another agreement involving the transfer of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) rights from property owner LPS One, LLC, was authorized just this week.
Jed and Jackie, who will handle sales and marketing, closed on the 10 acres Wednesday, Jan. 27.
The winery would be located east of the Tomahawk Motel and Rainbow Academy
What sets the proposed Mathany vineyard apart from others it that could involve three components: agriculture, production and retail -- growing of the grapes, production of the wine and retail sales of the final product.
Aldermen have agreed to amend the Municipal Code to allow for development of a winery including a definition for an industrial winery which would be allowed by Special Use Permit in the C-2 district and M-1 (manufacturing) district.
This would be a first for the City of Lake Ozark.
“We applaud the vision of Jed and his family in expanding their operation into Lake Ozark,” noted Harrison Fry, assistant city administrator and community economic development director. “It’s refreshing to see developments other than the typical retail outlets realizing Lake Ozark has a lot to offer.”
Mathany Family Vineyards currently operate a vineyard on a 160-acre farm on Bear Creek Road near Highway 42 and the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. The family raises grapes on 10 acres of land.
“We hope to develop a production facility here in Lake Ozark,” he told the P&Z. Commission recently.
Bulldozers are expected to begin moving dirt in a couple of weeks. The Mathanys plan to build cellars and a tasting room later this spring with the hope of opening this summer.
According to their Facebook page, the Mathanys use a farm-made biodynamic compost as a base for their grape vines. Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition. Mathany spent time in Burgundy, France, in the fall of 2018 and upon his return began the unique composting process.
Mathany is no stranger to the wine industry. He has worked for Stone Hill Winery and then began an around-the-world wine tour including Napa Valley, Calif., New Zealand, Australia and France.
“I’ve worked with some pretty good (wine) producers,” he offered.
The Lake's Wine Scene
Missouri has a strong history of wine production, having been one of the nation's top wine-exporting states before Prohibition. And while the most well-known wine country in Missouri is now in the Hermann area, the Lake of the Ozarks has multiple well-known wineries: Shawnee Bluff, Seven Springs, and Golden Rock Wineries. Read more about those three below.
The Mathany family's new winery will undoubtedly be a welcome addition to the wine scene for wine lovers who live at—or visit—Lake of the Ozarks.