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 has 20+ wineries and a plethora of antique shops to explore. Towns such as Weston and Excelsior Springs have several wineries and some great boutiques and 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 drenched in historic 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 unique and fascinating connection to the past and Missouri's winemaking history. Ste. Genevieve is itself very historic as the oldest township in the state. There are wonderful relics of the French heritage the town was built upon as well as its evolution over the years. There are several wineries in the area, each with captivating stories to intrigue and entertain.
Looking for a world-class view? It's hard to beat Augusta. There are good reasons it was named the first ever designated winemaking region in the U.S. (American Viticulture Area). You'll find quaint small town charm and many wineries nestled on Highway 94, just southwest of St. Louis and breathtaking views of the Missouri River Valley, rows upon rows of vineyards, and picturesque farmland. Nearby in Defiance and Dutzow, you'll discover even more award-winning wineries.
There are so many wonderful wineries in the Show Me state, and each has a unique and fabulous experience to offer you. Use these ideas as a jumping off point to plan your foray into the interesting, beautiful and delicious Missouri wine country.