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Amigoni Urban Winery brings California taste to Kansas City

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Amigoni Urban Winery brings California taste to Kansas City

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.

Brittney Pflueger's bachelorette party included a stop at Amigoni Urban Winery

A bachelorette party for bride-to-be Brittney Pflueger from Lincoln, Nebraska, second from the left, included a stop at Amigoni Urban Winery on April 20 in the West Bottoms of Kansas City. Drawing in both small and large groups, the winery offers a number of  opportunities for visitors, including a front tasting room, a patio and upstairs tables with board and card games. 

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.

Amigoni Urban Winery produces 5,000 cases a year

Amigoni Urban Winery produces 5,000 cases of wine a year in its production facility, located next door to the showroom. The winery was founded 11 years ago and has been in this location for more than seven years. It hosts a wine club that meets twice a year. The 2013 club's signatures are featured on the far right bottom barrel above. 

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.

Amigoni Urban Winery grew many of its own grapes early on in production

Amigoni Urban Winery grew a large portion of its own grapes early on in, but now orders most of its grapes from California vineyards. The grapes are shipped to a production facility in Kansas City for the wine-making process. 

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