Visitors walking into the West Winery on a sunny day in Macon have to wait a moment for their eyes to adjust in the low light environment.
Once they can see, the exposed brick walls, dark wooden floors and stained-glass windows at the end of the room combine to create a an urban-industrial feel in a small-town setting.
The tasting room and winery are all housed under the same roof in a long, narrow building in downtown Macon. Just past the bar and down two steps, rest the four large vats where the wine is stored. The stained glass sits above the vats, a light at the end of the tunnel.
Hanging above the long, sleek, dark-stained wooden bar are the wine options, written on chalkboards.
Winemaking began as a hobby for owners Chris and Jen West. Over the years, their hobby evolved a business that became a reality in 2007. Over the last 12 years, the business has expanded to locations in Kirksville and Hannibal.
The winery offers dry, sweet and semi-sweet wines, attempting to have something for everybody, said Kayla Hartung, manager of the Macon location. There are whites, reds and rosés.
She said that best sellers vary by location and type of wine. The Cardenal and Signature Red are consistently in the top and are carried by Logboat Brewing Co. in Columbia. If patrons are looking for sweet wine, Hartung recommends the blackberry wine and says that the white cataba is great for the summer.
They make a number of varietals, including Chambourcin, Norton and Vidal Blanc, as well as table wines.
The winery can also be rented for special events including bridal showers and wedding receptions. Occasionally, the winery schedules live music.