Missouri Wine Country
America’s first wine region took root just west of St. Louis in the mid-19th century. Immigrants from Germany’s Rhine River valley planted vineyards, built cellars and created a wine culture that flourishes today.
Along Highway 94 in Augusta, take in the view at Mount Pleasant Estates, (800) 467-WINE or (636) 482-9463, located atop a beautiful terrace high above the river valley. Sample wines, enjoy live music and nibble on snacks from the winery’s bistro. Bikers and hikers enjoy the area’s KATY Trail, a former railroad right-of-way converted into a scenic path through the valley. Also visit the site where Daniel Boone once lived – Historic Boonesfield Village, (636) 798-2005, near the town of Defiance.
In the picturesque town of Hermann, celebrate Missouri’s German heritage with great wines and Old World fun. Visit Stone Hill Winery, (573) 486-2221 or (800) 909-WINE, where guests enjoy tours, tastings, grape stomping, food and music throughout the year. In the heart of Missouri Wine Country, the charming town of Washington attracts visitors with restaurants, gift shops and galleries along the river.
How to get there:
From St. Louis, take I-70 west to Hwy. 19 south into Hermann (70 miles). Travel back to St. Louis along scenic Highways 94 or 100, which roam through Missouri’s Wine Country. For more information visit the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce.