At Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery in Platte City, dedication to sustainability is evident in every part of the operation.

Opened in 2006, Jowler Creek began when Jason and Colleen Gerke decided to turn their wine-making hobby into a business.

Nine types of wine are made from grapes grown on the 7-acre eco-friendly vineyard, where visitors can follow a map around the property to see firsthand various sustainability initiatives.

Solar panels line the tasting room roof and an electric vehicle charging stations stands in the parking lot.

The winery relies on sheep to control weeds, and bats and free-range chickens to take care of pests to reduce the use of herbicides and insecticides. A honey bee colony is used to improve cover crops between vineyard rows.

The property's landscaping includes native plants chosen due to their attractiveness to pollinators and monarch butterflies.

On Friday and Saturday nights, Jowler Creek hosts free live music at the tasting room and wine garden. Depending on the season, on Fridays, guests can grill their own dinners while listening.

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