Many people dream of being able to sip on a delectable glass of wine, taking in gorgeous views of green hills rolling into the distance, and letting all their problems melt into a sense of tranquility. When you visit the Missouri Wine Country, this daydream can become a reality! Of course, there are some things you’ll need to know to get the most out of your Missouri Wine Country visit, and we are ready to share these tips with you!
Missouri Wine Country History
The history of this famed wine region dates all the way back to the 1870s! When a group of German settlers made their home along the banks of the Missouri River, they made a living for themselves by producing wine grapes. Ten years passed before Hermann was producing more than 10,000 gallons of wine per year. By the 1880’s, the world was enjoying wine from the two million gallons that were produced in the region per year.
The early 1900s proved to be difficult for Missouri’s wine industry due to the prohibition and high liquor taxes. By the 1960s, however, rehabilitation on the industry began and by 2000, the Missouri Wine Country was once again thriving with hundreds of wineries.
Missouri Wine Country Tours
There are many ways to experience the Missouri Wine Country at its best! Some choose to visit a city a day and indulge in their wineries during their stay. Others may trek down the Katy Trail and make pit stops at famous wineries throughout their journey. You may also opt to do both! The best part is that you can customize your tour of the region so it fits your interests, wants, and needs. When planning your trip, here are some of the best wineries to visit in the Missouri Wine Country:
Mount Pleasant Winery
Take in the sweeping views from the patio at Mount Pleasant Winery, enjoy a delicious meal at the cafe, and try a taste of award-winning wines! There is so much to see and enjoy at this winery that you may just have to stay all day!
Oak Glenn Vineyards and Winery
Oak Glenn Vineyards and Winery serves up hand-crafted wines, a relaxing setting, and weekly live entertainment, this lovely winery is definitely worth a spot on your to-do list.
Housed in a magnificent brick superstructure, Hermannhof Winery produces fine wines in casks made from French white oak. In their tasting room, you’ll be able to try their famous Three Saints, Star Lane, and award-winning Dierberg wines.
Hermann Wine Trail
If you’re not quite sure where to go or which wineries to try, consider taking a trip down the Hermann Wine Trail. This 20-mile-long trek winds through some of the most stunning areas in Missouri and is home to seven family-owned wineries, two of which are the wineries that were previously listed. It’s a fun and easy way to experience the Missouri Wine Country.
Missouri Wine Country Events
No matter what time of year you visit the wine region, there is always something to look forward to! Take part in the shrimp boils, concerts, or scavenger hunts in the summer! The fall brings Halloween themed festivities or apple and wine pairings while winter and spring are parties galore! The calendar is filled to the brim with events that are almost too good to miss!
Experience the Best of the Missouri Wine Country at Hermann Hill
Nestled right in the heart of Missouri’s Wine Country, Hermann is the perfect place to stay and experience some of the world’s finest wines. When you stay at our Hermann Hill bed and breakfast, you’ll be treated like kings and queens as you enjoy delicious meals made especially for you and luxury accommodations in either our cottages or inn suites. Take a look at our specials to find out how you can enjoy more of Hermann Hill for less!
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