|OakGlenn Winery's roots date, literally, to the mid-1800s when George Husmann first planted grapes on the property. Five rows of his original Norton vines have been lovingly cared for by current owners Glenn and Carolyn Warnebold.
Husmann, an internationally renowned horticulturist who is considered to be one of the primary influences in establishing the wine industry in America from Missouri to California, started his vineyard and winery in 1859. The Warnebolds purchased the land in 1997 and since then have been busy renovating and rebuilding the winery into the state-of-the-art facility it is today. The original wine cellar and the stone walls in the residence were incorporated into the new construction, which includes a conference center, the George Husmann Wine Pavilion, a ballroom, and an open-air terrace.
Was it coincidence, or fate, that the winery is named OakGlenn? The name OakGlenn is a composite of two distinctive features of the winery--oak, for the majestic oak tree that stands at the entrance to the property, and Glenn, in honor of the owner. Later, while researching the the property, the Warnebolds learned that Husmann named his California winery Oak Glenn Husmann Winery.
The view of the Missouri River and bluffs from the winery grounds is spectacular. The property at one time was called Schau-ins-land, or "look into the country" because of the view. Driving through the canopy of trees along the winding gravel road, visitors are not prepared for what they are about to encounter as they approach the winery. The setting is ideal for wine tasting, enjoying the weekly entertainment during the warmer months, staging a wedding, or attending a conference.
Guests at the winery may sample any of the 15 wines on OakGlenn's wine list. The Warnebolds are proud to announce that their first estate-release port made from Norton grapes is now available. A listing of their wines and the medals they have received can be viewed on the winery's website www.oakglenn.com. The tasting room offers a wide variety of wine accessories, books, and food items for sale.
The winery schedules live entertainment most Saturdays and during festivals. There is a $5 cover charge. Check the website for a complete listing of upcoming entertainment. Banquet and meeting facilities are available to rent by calling the toll-free number (877) 486-5057. Arrangements can be made for shuttle service from Hermann for 10 persons or more by calling 573-486-5057.
OakGlenn is open daily except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Hours are 12-6 from March through October and 12-5 November through February. The winery is located 2 miles east of Hermann on Highway 100.