Wine enthusiasts study-up on vino the way students prepare for a tough test. But you don’t have to be a total wine scholar to enjoy what Missouri’s wineries have to offer. In Missouri, the wines are as diverse and delicious as the scenery is beautiful; that means you’re in for a real treat. We are home to the oldest continually owned and operated family winery in the United States, Adam Puchta Winery, in Hermann, established in 1855; and Missouri has the first federally designated wine region in the U.S. (the Augusta AVA). Missouri wineries have won thousands of awards in wine competition worldwide.
Here is a small sample of the more than 110 wineries Missouri has to offer. You can find many more listings by searching for winery and/or for vineyard on VisitMO.com.
It's always a great time to visit Chaumette Vineyards and Winery. For more than a decade, this charming Ste. Genevieve getaway has provided the picture-perfect setting for a weekend getaway or a day in the country. Stay the night at the Villages at Chaumette, where you’ll feel pampered by elegant surroundings and top-notch amenities. A nice glass of handcrafted wine leads to total relaxation, as does a massage at The Spa at Chaumette. If evenings bring a bit of chill, not to worry; just sip your wine beside the fireplace.
The views will dazzle you at River Ridge Winery, overlooking the Mississippi River in Commerce, just south of Cape Girardeau. River Ridge is tucked into a 100-year-old farmhouse, adding a great sense of history to your winery visit. Indulge yourself by pairing a delectable dessert wine with a slice of Bananas Foster Layer Cake. (We have it on good authority that calories don’t count while visiting a winery.) Stay overnight in their Little Log Cabin–a rustic lodge with all the amenities. April through September, River Ridge hosts live music most Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Perfect for groups, the Seven Springs Winery provides a shuttle bus (by reservation, for a fee) from and to popular destinations at the Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach and Camdenton. This gorgeous winery is situated on 160 acres of Missouri foothills. Grab a spot on the patio, order a glass (or bottle) of wine or sangria, and take in the idyllic view. Lunch and dinner are served. Live music can be enjoyed many weekends.
Wine is intermingled with history at Hermannhof Vineyards, a National Historic Site, first opened in 1852. As is true throughout the German village of Hermann, the winery is welcoming and beautiful. Hermannhof is more than just a pretty place; it produces wines worthy of numerous accolades and trophies. Fans of the bubbly should definitely try Hermannhof’s Brut Reserve, made in the traditional French style.
Tour the cavernous, underground cellars and sample all of the fantastic wines at Stone Hill Winery, in Hermann — the second most award-winning winery in the United States. The Vintage Restaurant, at the winery, serves authentic German cuisine. In addition to the main facility in Hermann, Stone Hill has satellite wineries in Branson and New Florence.
Intrigued by pairing handcrafted wine with handcrafted art? Pay a visit to the adorable Three Squirrels Winery, just outside of St. James. This winery, featuring labels just as cute as you might imagine, makes its home in a former dairy barn. While sampling the wines, admire the art on the gallery’s walls; then relax on the covered deck, overlooking the vineyards.
On the Missouri Wine & Grape Board's website, you will find a complete list of Missouri's 110+ wineries...well, it was 110; the number grown so fast it is hard to keep track. The point is, if you like award-winning, world-class wine, Missouri is the place. Most offer a schedule of events and music; many serve picnic fare and other foods; some allow you to bring your own picnic; a few even have a microbrewery on-site.
NOTE: It is against Missouri law to take any outside wine, beer, liquor and hard cider onto a winery's property.