Marty and Mary Jo Strussione purchased this unique property in 1995 with absolutely no intention of getting into the wine business. While Marty made wine as a young man with his grandfather for personal use, he was really thinking that this piece of southeast Missouri would be perfect to settle into once he retired. The Strussion family was very familiar with the beauty of the area and jumped at the chance to purchase what they realized was prime country real estate…plus, who wouldn’t want to own their own cave?
Soon following Marty’s retirement from healthcare in St. Louis, the couple decided that this acreage provided the perfect place to build their dream retirement residence. But once their home was built and they were all settled in, it took Marty a whole 10 minutes to realize that “retirement” was not for him. He then discovered that their property was perfect for grape growing.
Since Cave Vineyard opened it’s doors in 2004, they have been producing award winning wines made primarily from grapes grown in their own 15 acres of vineyard. The winery is very much a family affair! All 4 of the Strussione daughters are involved, as are their husbands, who are affectionately referred to as the S.I.L.'s (Sons in law). The family looks forward to many more years of vinting, brewing, & distilling as there are 9 grandsons to pass down the legacy.