We may well decide to change Missouri’s nickname from the “Show-Me State” to the “Drink-Me State,” after discovering that there are more than 130 wineries in the state, and 10 separate and very exciting wine trails. The historic wine trails make for a great outing, and there are plenty of stories, with some of the wineries dating back to the 1800s. Here are just a few of our favorite Missouri wine-tasting destinations:
Augusta – The area surrounding this small Missouri town is known as the Augusta American Viticulture Area (AVA). It was the first AVA in the country, and was designated before Napa Valley. Today, visitors can enjoy many wineries in the area, including those on the Missouri Weinstrasse wine trail. Montelle Winery offers spectacular views of the Missouri River valley, while Augusta Winery is located in town with an outdoor terrace. Guests can stay at various bed and breakfasts and inns in the area, including the beautifully restored Augusta Wine Country Inn.
Hermann – Located just down the Katy Trail (the longest rails-to-trails conversion projects in the country) from Augusta, this historic German town is situated along the Missouri River. It was settled in the 1800s by Germans who felt the area looked like home, and soon blossomed into what was once one of the top producing wine regions in the country. Because of this history, there are multiple wineries on the Hermann Wine Trail with stories to tell. Stone Hill Winery still uses the cellars built in the mid-1800s, and visitors can tour them today. Adam Puchta Winery is the oldest continuously owned family winery in the country, and Hermannof Vineyards serves delicious wine and also offers multiple lodging options for guests.
Ste. Genevieve – Just south of St. Louis lies the first permanent European settlement this side of the Mississippi. Ste. Genevieve is full of rich history, and the area between this town and neighboring Farmington features rolling hills and the wineries of the Route du Vin. The wineries along this wine trail are very unique, including Cave Vineyard, where guests can sip in – you guessed it – a cave. Charleville Vineyard & Microbrewery offers both wine and beer to sip on, as well as a restored cabin to stay in, and a walking trail that connects to nearby Chaumette Vineyards & Winery. At Chaumette, one will find a full restaurant as well as private villas, a pool and a spa, all in addition to tasty wines.