Amigoni Urban Winery has found a home the old Daily Drover Telegram Building in the historic West Bottoms of Kansas City.
While this historic building has been renovated, the rich past of the building's use as a trade publisher is still present. The winery’s barrel room still bears an ink mark on the ceiling from the old printing presses, and much of the iron railings and decorations in the main room are the originals from 1909.
Owner Michael Amigoni learned winemaking as a hobby, then planted grapes in his Leawood, Kansas, backyard. He and his wife purchased additional property to expand their vineyard. They began to grow more varietals until they decided to open a commercial winery.
“Once you learn the chemistry, that’s just the beginning,” owner Michael Amigoni said. “You have to learn the art. That comes from experience and experimentation.”
Today, Amigoni Urban Winery offers daily tastings of five wines for $8, as well as selling wine by the glass and bottle. The winery now produce about 4,000 cases of wine a year, largely European varietals such as cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and viognier.
As the Amigonis expanded, they turned to wine-producing areas in the northern portion of of California's Central Valley for grapes. The fruit is then pressed, fermented, aged and bottled in their Kansas City facility.
Along with wine tastings, Amigoni Urban Winery offers a national wine club and several wine experiences. Groups are welcome to learn the art of wine blending, and "Pinot's Palette" is a two-hour event that includes a tour, tasting, painting and sipping.
In addition, the space can be rented for functions such as weddings, reunions and other events.