Wine country is closer than you think. Missouri is home to more than 130 wineries and 11 wine trails. There's fascinating history, breathtaking views and of course, who can forget about the delicious, award-winning wine?
Everyone can find something appealing about Missouri wine country. Here are some ideas to inspire your next vino adventure.
Like antiques? Northwest Missouri is home to more than 20 wineries and an array of antique shops to explore. Towns such as Weston and Excelsior Springs have several wineries and some great boutiques and specialty shops. In Excelsior Springs you'll also find a little gem of a store called Willow Spring Mercantile, which boasts the largest selection of local wine from all over the state.
Love history? Hermann and Ste. Genevieve are must-see towns. Hermann is filled with charm and German heritage. While there, you can tour the historic underground cellars at Stone Hill and Hermannhof Wineries as well as a number of museums and historical sites. There are several wineries in the area, each with their own fascinating connection to the past and Missouri's winemaking history. Ste. Genevieve is the oldest township in the state. There are intriguing relics of the town's French heritage as well as its evolution over the years. There are several wineries in the area with captivating stories to tell.
Looking for a world-class view? It's hard to beat Augusta. There are good reasons it was named the country's first ever designated winemaking region (American Viticulture Area). You'll find quaint small-town charm and many wineries nestled on Highway 94, just southwest of St. Louis. Panoramic views of feature the Missouri River Valley, vast vineyards and picturesque farmland. Nearby, you'll discover even more award-winning wineries in Defiance and Dutzow.
These are just a few of the experiences that await in Missouri wine country.