To our Guests & Friends,
Our November and December newsletters will feature the gift and specialty shops
in Hermann. They appear on our new web site
Gift and Specialty Shops page.
Included in the write up of each shop are photographs, hours of operation, and
helpful information for our readers.
The shops and any locations mentioned in the newsletter marked with an asterisk
(*) can be found along Hermann Hill's
three-mile walk route. Information about
the walk can be found on our
Preparing for the Christmas shopping countdown
There are only 45 shopping days left until Christmas. But
fear not. The shops in Hermann can help you check off the names on your
Christmas list faster than Santa can wink his eye.
fine chocolates from
Chocolate Box, a good book from
Buy the Book*, a train set from
The Train Haus*, something for the home from
The Tin Rabbit, a German import from
Blanche's*, jewelry from
Seasonal Treasures*, or a floral arrangement from
Special Occasions*. And don't forget about the antique shops that were
featured in our
July 2005 newsletter and the museum shops at the
Museum at the German School* and
Deutschheim State Historic Site*. All are well stocked and ready for your
The Tin Rabbit is one of many gift and specialty shops in
While the official start of holiday shopping
is considered to be the day after Thanksgiving, you can get a head start at The
Tin Rabbit. Their annual Christmas Open House is on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 5-8
p.m. and will continue through the weekend.
mentioned above are a partial listing of the gift and specialty shops in
Hermann. Watch for more to be featured in the December newsletter.
Record harvest at Hermann Hill vineyard
Hermann Hill's Norton grapes are picked by hand for Stone
Hill's 2005 port wine.
|Hermann Hill had a record Norton grape harvest, which
resulted in 6.6 tons being delivered to
Stone Hill Winery* the second weekend in October. Harvesting grapes
on the steep slope below the inn is no easy task, but our able-bodied
employees, and a few helpful guests, got the job done in good order.
Because we had such a large crop, the entire bottling of the 2005 Stone
Hill Port will be from Hermann Hill grapes.
|Jon Held, general manager at Stone Hill Winery, gave us the rundown
on what takes place between the harvest and the time the Port is ready
to drink. He told us that when the grapes arrived at the winery, they
were de-stemmed and crushed into a rotary fermenter, inoculated with
yeast, and allowed to ferment until they reached the perfect amount of
residual sugar for Port. A specially selected grape brandy was then
added to raise the alcohol to 19 percent. The addition of the alcohol
(fortification) immediately kills the yeast causing fermentation to
cease, and the sugar and alcohol levels are, therefore, stabilized. All
this took place about three days after fermentation began. The mix is
then pressed, and the Port is put into stainless steel tanks for
clarification and stabilization. At some point, likely in the spring, it
will be barreled down and allowed to barrel age for one year.
The 2005 Stone Hill Port is being produced using only
Hermann Hill Norton grapes.
Jon claimed that the biggest challenge during the
entire production of the 2005 Port will be to keep Terry Hammer patient during the
slow barrel-aging process. "This will be tough," he said. But, we're sure it
will be worth the wait.
To read more about Port
production, see our
March 2005 newsletter.
Holiday Fare on the Wine Trail
These two women sample the dessert and wine pairing at
Adam Puchta Winery during last winter's Chocolate Wine Trail event.
When the frost is on the pumpkin, the mood turns festive in Missouri wine
country. New wines are snuggly cellared for a long winter's nap and the larder
is full of harvest bounty. So now it's time for a celebration. For vintners in
and around Hermann that means good food and good wine shared with family and
The Hermann Vintners Association is
sponsoring a special holiday event November 19 and 20. Winemakers and chefs
along the Hermann Wine Trail have been experimenting with food and wine pairings
in preparation for the Holiday Fare Wine Trail. This moveable feast will take
place at six area wineries:
Robller in New Haven,
Hill* in Hermann, and
Puchta on the outskirts of Hermann.
has really gotten into the spirit of this event," says Patty Held-Uthlaut of
Stone Hill Winery. "Some wineries will be serving favorite family recipes;
others have invented new dishes for the occasion." Winemakers have selected what
they consider their best wines to pair with the food item they will be serving.
Traveling to each course, visitors drive through some of the most scenic parts
of Missouri. The Wine Trail meanders along the Missouri River for some 20 miles
between Hermann and New Haven, leading visitors down country lanes and through
Watch for other Wine
Trail events planned for 2006. In January, "Wine 101" will feature wine tasting
in the cellars and a behind-the-scenes look at winemaking. The always-popular
"Chocolate Wine Trail" is held in February and the "Very Berry Wine Trail" takes
place in July.
Holiday Fare Wine Trail tickets cost
$15 per person, and advance purchase is recommended. Tickets may be purchased
online at www.hermannmo.info.
Additional information is available on the Hermann Wine Trail web site at
www.hermannwinetrail.com, or by calling the Hermann Welcome Center at
Lighting the lights of Christmas
|The Lantern Parade, the kick-off event of the Christmas
season, is held the day after Thanksgiving. With lanterns in hand,
revelers of all ages march through the historic district to the Hermann
City Park* for the lighting of Weihnachtstrasse, or Christmas Street.
|The traditional festival of lanterns had its beginnings
in Germany. Legend has it that on a cold and windy November day, a
German knight named Martin of Tours crossed paths with a beggar who was
hungry and freezing. Martin had no food or money to give so instead he
took off his coat, cut it in two, and gave half to the beggar to keep
warm. That night, Jesus appeared to Martin in a dream wearing the same
half-coat that Martin had given the beggar. This powerful dream was a
turning point for him. He felt he could no longer serve God as a
military man and instead became a disciple of Christ. Throughout
Germany, a traditional festival of lanterns continues to recognize
Martin's generosity and compassion.
Pat and Mike Forster were among the revelers in last
year's Lantern Parade.
The third annual Lantern Parade is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25.
Anyone is welcome to participate. Members of the Live Nativity and carolers
riding in vintage wagons also will join the parade, and there will be lots of
music and laughter. Costumes are optional for anyone walking in the parade. A
reception at the park will follow the lighting of Christmas Street.
Anyone who would like to participate is urged to contact Sheri Hausman by phone
at 573-486-2024 or e-mail,
firstname.lastname@example.org, so that enough lanterns are available for everyone.
Walkers will gather outside the Hermannhof Festhalle* at First and Schiller
streets prior to the 7 p.m. starting time.
Hermann Arts Council is sponsoring the Lantern Parade. For information about
this and other holiday events being planned by the organization, check the web
site at at www.hermannarts.com.
To learn about other community events, check the
calendar on our web site.
The perfect gift -- a stay with us
Want to give those special people on your Christmas list, or any time of the
year, a gift they'll never forget? Why not give them a
certificate for a stay at Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn or Hermann Hill
Village? Gift certificates apply to stays at both locations.
We hope to have online availability for the cottages at the Village posted
shortly. But, we will not begin confirming reservations until after the first of
the year when we have a better idea of completion dates. However, you can
book at the inn anytime. In addition, we will deliver your
Same Time Next
Year envelopes to either property during your next stay.
Hermann Hill Village update
|We spotted our first American bald eagle soaring above the river
bluff almost touching Cottage #2's upper deck. Watching for eagles from
your hot tub will surely be one of the things that separates Hermann
Hill Village from other lodging properties. We are carefully considering
our options on deck privacy fencing for the hot tubs, hoping to allow
great views to the west for those spectacular sunsets while still
affording privacy for guests in their hot tubs.
The exterior of Cottage #2 is nearly complete. A bald
eagle recently flew so close to the cottage that it nearly touched the
upper deck overlooking the Missouri River.
We now have a footing and foundation for Cottage #4, walls on #3, and roofs on
#1, #2, and #5. The goal is to get the exteriors completed before bad weather
sets in, and then we can complete the interiors this winter.
To view more of our progress, click on the
Hermann Hill Village page.
December newsletter: Catching the holiday spirit.