Our Story

Clyde and Katie at 1920s Speakeasy event

Hi there! Let me introduce myself – I’m Katie Nott, part-owner of Peaceful Bend.  My husband, Clyde Gill, and I have operated this winery since 1998. When we aren’t hosting parties (like our speakeasy party where we took that fun photo above), we enjoy sharing our passion for wine and love for food with others here at Peaceful Bend.

We strive to create the best possible 100% Missouri-made wine and to serve it in a beautiful rural atmosphere where you can expect warm, friendly service.  Giving you a chance to unwind – whether here at Peaceful Bend, or perhaps just in the comfort of your favorite chair at home  – is our utmost goal.

A Bit of Peaceful Bend History….

Peaceful Bend Vineyard began life in the 1940’s as a livestock farm owned by gentleman farmer & St. Louis doctor, Axel Arneson.  After discovering a love of wine and grape growing in the early sixties, Axel and his wife decided to plant a small vineyard at Peaceful Bend in 1965.  By 1970 the Arnesons had decided to open a public winery and built a large portion of what you see at Peaceful Bend today.

By 1972, enough wine was stored that the Arnesons were able to open to the public.  From 1972 – 1990 the winery was a family affair and a weekend retreat for the Arneson family.

By 1990, Dr. Arneson was ready to stop working so hard, and his children were not interested in keeping the family winery; so the decision was made to sell Peaceful Bend.  Fortunately a businessman from St. Clair, MO purchased Peaceful Bend and ran it with his business partner until 1993.  The business was then sold to a St. Louis area retailer who was ready to sell the winery again by 1998.

Then We Came Along….

By this time, Clyde and I were beginning to save money to start our own winery.  We had met after I was hired as a vineyard manager at a large Missouri winery where Clyde had been working as the cellar master. After two years we were ready for a new challenge and honestly, just fell in love with the countryside surrounding Peaceful Bend Vineyard.

So in July of 1998 we leased Peaceful Bend and began our new journey.  We married in the spring of 1999 and were finally able to actually purchase Peaceful Bend in 2000.  We’ve been proud to make wines in keeping with the original owner’s vision: Missouri-grown grapes made into blended wines which are named after the different creeks and rivers that surround our little town of Steelville.

November of 2016 brought devastation to Peaceful Bend though when the historic building burned to the ground.  Fortunately, no one was hurt, including our pets!  Clyde and I have been working hard to pick up the pieces and get back at it again.   An interim tasting room is now open, and a new winery building is well underway, with hopes of having it open early in 2018.

After all these years, we are still excited to make and serve wines here at Peaceful Bend.  We love hosting (and occasionally playing) live music, taking photos, meeting new people, and trying out new recipes.  You’ll find lots of our passions here on the website, but to really enjoy yourself, we urge you to come for a visit here at Peaceful Bend.  You can try our wines, relax in the wine garden, or take in a concert while you’re here.

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Oh, of course no visit is complete without giving our pets a bit of love!  We have two labs: Maggie, a yellow lab mix and her son Pepe, a black lab.  We also pamper a female cat named Polly. They are all friendly and love guest doggies too (well, truth be told, Polly doesn’t.  She makes herself scarce until the offending doggie goes home).

We look forward to your visit!



5 Replies to “Our Story”

  1. Hello Clyde and Katie –

    Long time no see! Unfortunately Missouri is a long way from my beaten path. I’d love to visit again, and maybe some day I will.

    I just went to my 52 year grammar school reunion and heard the most interesting story from one of my former classmates. She and her husband had been on a Mississippi river cruise and one of the stops was St. Louis. They decided to stay there awhile and explore the area. They rented a car and drove around seeing the sights and eventually ended up in the wine country and visited your place. In conversation with one of you (Katie, I think) they learned that you and one of your visitors (Mae Koesters) had a contact in common who also was from Burbank, California – ME! What a coincidence to meet someone from halfway across the Country who knows someone you went to grammar school with over 50 years ago.

    They thoroughly enjoyed their visit at your winery, as well as the rest of their stay in Missouri. It was nice to be reminded of my own pleasant stay with you folks and to hear that all’s well with you both.

    I retired in 2013 and relaxed for awhile, but I went back to school in 2015 and am currently enrolled at CSU Fresno as a junior, working toward a degree in enology, and commuting weekly from Burbank. I still make wine at home, having given up on my commercial venture. My girlfriend of 7+ years and I attend square dances and play bridge when I’m home on the weekends.

    Oops! Gotta go or I’ll be late for class. Ciao!


  2. Hi Tom! Wow, it’s a funny small world sometimes. Thanks for getting in touch. And good luck with your studies – sounds like you are keeping busy in retirement!

  3. Greetings to you, Clyde & Katie, from the SW Missouri Ozarks (Galena to be a bit more precise). I discovered your vineyard website this evening while doing a little research regarding your Peaceful Bend Americana Music Festival & Flatpicking Championship coming up this next May. I picked up a card from another festival a few months ago. You see, we have a family band and a son, Benjamin, whose Flatpicking talents contribute to much of our onstage performances.

    However, what prompted me to write this short note was the previous post from the gentleman from Burbank. As it so happened, I was born in Burbank and lived in the San Fernando Valley for 17 years until moving with my folks to Arkansas in the early ’70s… and to learn to play the 5-string banjo, no less!

    With that stated, I hope to bring my family up some time to play music for one of your events and/or to compete (at least our son) in your contest.

    Please look us up online and say “Howdy” via Facebook. And to throw in a little pitch, we play Bluegrass, Irish, Cowboy and other Americana music — “5-string banjo w/six children: will travel!” Hope to hear from y’all.

    Norm Farnum Family

  4. Hello Clyde & Katie,
    Sorry to hear about your loss.

    It has been 2 years ago, October 2016 since we stopped in to see you. We were on our way home to Indiana after being in Rolla for Homecoming. It was a Sunday and Clyde saw us in the parking lot and came down to let us in. During our conversation I told Clyde I am related to the Halberts and he called a Halbert cousin of mine who lives across the road from you whom I had never met.

    I don’t know if you remember us, buy my wife was wearing a necklace either the first or second time we stopped in. You asked if you could take her picture with her necklace that day. You took her picture and published it in your first News Letter.

    Are you far enough along with you recovery that we can order two cases of Sweet River White to be shipped to us? Please e-mail and let us know.

  5. Hi Robert – yes I do remember you! Thanks for getting in touch. We aren’t yet at the point where we can ship, but I hope to work on that before the holiday season get rolling. I’ll email you directly once we have everything set up again. We truly appreciate the support!

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