At the 2013 Missouri Wine Competition, Stone Hill Winery’s 2011 Estate Bottled Norton pulled off the proverbial “hat-trick,” taking home three top awards: Best of Class Dry Red; the C.V. Riley award for Best Norton; and the top award for Missouri’s best wine of the year, The Governor’s Cup. This is truly a great wine.
Stone Hill Winery – with locations in Hermann (their primary winery, tasting room and the Vintage Restaurant), New Florence (wine tasting and the sparkling wine facility) and Branson (wine tasting room and wine outlet) – is one of the top award-winning wineries in the U.S.
During the Missouri Wine Competition, nine expert judges from around the country and one industry judge undertook a blind tasting of 306 wines, representing 37 Missouri wineries. In addition to the top awards mentioned above, the judges presented 244 medals: 39 gold; 102 silver; 103 bronze. Including the tree top awards, 38 wines from Stone Hill garnered medals. For a full list of awards from the 2013 Missouri Wine Competition, click here: 2013 Winners.
Missouri wine production dates to the early 1800s when German immigrants established Missouri’s wine industry along the Missouri River. Because of its resemblance to the German homeland, the area, centered on Hermann and Augusta, became known as the Missouri "Rhineland." Later, Italian immigrants entered Missouri wine industry.
Missouri is home to the first federally designated American Viticultural Area (wine-grape region), encompassing the area along the Missouri River around Augusta. As of 2013, the Show-Me State holds four AVAs, with three others under consideration.
In November 2013, the Wine and Grape Board listed 122 member wineries/vineyards. For information on Missouri wine, all of those member wineries, plus wine events, visit the Missouri Wine and Grape Board’s website — so many delicious Missouri wines for you to enjoy.
Editor's NOTE: This VisitMO article was inspired by an original article written by Kathy Casteel, published in the October 2013 issue of Inside Columbia’s Prime Magazine. Follow this link to read that article, entitled Triple Crown.