There is a popular gem in Lee’s Summit where plump, flavorful grapes are lovingly grown, harvested, pressed and filtered into luscious wines to tempt even the most discerning palate.
Brett Euritt is the second generation in his family to own Stonehaus Farms Winery, which was a lifelong dream of his father.
“My mother and father, Ken and Carol Euritt, bought this land in the early ’80s with the intention of opening a winery after my dad retired from General Motors. In 1996, the winery opened, and my parents operated it until 2007 when my brother, Doug, and I took it over,” Brett says. “My brother moved to South Dakota in 2010, where he now works for Prairie Berry Winery as a winemaker.”
Brett has been a part of the winery for many years, and he and his dad actually built the winery. He took the reins completely in 2010, managing all business and winemaking activities.
Currently, they grow three varietals on their property, which is visible from their location at 24607 NE Colbern Road. They have cynthiana—the state grape of Missouri—chambourcin and vignoles grapes.
“We have started the prep on a new south field which will be planted March 2019, where we will add two new varietals,” he says. “We are the only Missouri winery to win the coveted Missouri Governors Cup, along with hundreds of other awards. We have a dedicated vineyard wedding chapel, and our large FestHall seats 200, and the smaller Garden Room seats 48.”
They completed this year’s harvest in mid-October and held the popular Oktoberfest event, which is their way of celebrating the end of harvest season with live music, food and wine. They host a variety of private events throughout the year, including weddings and receptions, high school reunions, baby showers, bridal showers, birthday parties and more.
Brett graduated from Lee’s Summit High School in 1989, then earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Missouri State University in 1993. Brett’s wife, Jacque, and their two daughters, Ashley and Abbey, also enjoy spending time at the winery and sharing in the beauty of the property.
Following college, Brett worked in the building materials industry from 1994 through late 2006.
“My father’s business was growing and harder for him to keep up with around then, so that is when I started deciding to take the winery over,” he says. “My father passed away in July of this year. However, my mother lives close and still enjoys herself a glass of Stonehaus wine!”
Plans are underway for additional vineyards, and possibly distilling in the next few years, focusing on high-end rums.
“There is only one grape harvest per year, and some of our tanks can sit idle. Adding rum helps to keep these tanks occupied and create another revenue stream,” he says.
Brett’s reward for owning this popular winery is seeing his customers enjoying the fruits of their labor.
“It’s definitely much more work than the movies lead the business to be,” he says.
Each glass tasted makes it worthwhile. Cheers!
Find out more at StonehausFarms.com, call them at 816.554.8800 or visit the winery, located at 24607 NE Colbern Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64086.