You are now at Stone Hill Winery. Founded in 1847, it is the oldest winery in Missouri. It has the largest series of arched underground cellars in North America. By the early 1900s, Stone Hill was the second largest winery in the United States, producing 1,250,000 gallons of wine a year. During Prohibition and continuing for 44 years, commercial mushrooms were grown in the cellars. The Held family purchased and reopened the winery in 1965, and it currently produces more than 200,000 gallons of wine annually, and is among the top five most-awarded wineries in the U.S. Tours of the wine cellars and samples of their award-winning wines are offered daily. The large red structure on top of the hill is the former stable and carriage house which is now the Vintage Restaurant.
In 2000, the Helds planted the vineyards on both sides of the driveway with Norton grapes, which are unique to this area of Missouri. These vineyards give one a sense of what this entire valley might have looked like prior to Prohibition when grapes flourished. We have created the same effect in the Norton vineyard on the east side of Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn.
At the top of the hill bear to your right, and follow Stone Hill Highway to W. 10th St. Turn left (west) and walk to the driveway leading to Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn. (As you walk up the driveway, you will recognize many of the landmarks you passed on this tour. From here you get a good view of the Hermann City Cemetery on East Hill. The grave of Hermann's founder, George Bayer, is at the southeast corner of the cemetery.)