Missouri Wine Country. Yes it is a real thing. Missouri actually has over 100 wineries, clustered into 9 different “Wine Trails” throughout the state. In the last few years I have been to…. a lot of these. My favorite area by far has to be Hermann (with Augusta coming in second). I fell in love with this German (obviously) settled town the first time I visited it in 2011 and have been back at least once a year (with at least one trip in October) ever since. This is pretty easy since I only live about an hour’s drive away.
Hermann is small. It is less than 3 square miles with a population below 3,000. But its size really just adds to its charm. Not only does this little town have some great wineries (including Stone Hill which is the biggest producing winery in the state), but it is beautifully picturesque and full of antique shops, boutiques, authentic German restaurants, and adorable B&B’s. And if this isn’t enough to convince you, this should put you over the edge; Hermann is incredibly AFFORDABLE. Pack some cheese and crackers and get to planning a romantic trip with your significant other, or even a girls getaway weekend. You can’t go wrong in Hermann!
Did you know:
– In the 18th and 19th centuries, areas settled by French, German, and Italian immigrants all began growing grapes and producing wine. Missouri had a thriving wine industry, producing 2 million gallons of wine by the 1880’s.
– In the 1870’s, a phylloxera (a vineyard parasite) infestation in France destroyed large tracts of French vineyards. So large in fact, the entire French wine industry was on the brink of ruin. Missouri’s first entomologist (bug scientist) discovered that certain Missouri rootstock was immune to phylloxera. Millions of clippings of this rootstock was sent over to France, and grafted to French vines, effectively saving the French wine industry.
– Prohibition (enacted in 1919) essentially destroyed Missouri’s wine industry. It didn’t begin to rebuild again until the 1960’s & 1970’s.
– Travel & Leisure just named Missouri Wine Country one of it’s “Most Romantic Fall Getaways“.
– You can learn more about Missouri wineries at www.missouriwine.org.