Missouri has a storied history of wine-making that dates back to the 1850s. Missouri’s wine industry at one time was one of the most sophisticated in the world… until Prohibition brought it to a grinding halt in the 1920s. Thankfully, the rebirth of Missouri wine began in the 1960s, and today the future has never looked brighter for Missouri wine lovers.
Our wineries have been winning national acclaim for years, in all types of red and white varietals. Missouri is widely recognized as the leading producer of excellent Norton wine, which, if you don’t already know, is a powerhouse of red wine that is every bit as lush and robust as Zinfandel. It’s also the state grape of Missouri. And keep an eye on Vignoles. It’s fast becoming an elegant white wine that matches Sauvignon Blanc for tart, dry white wines that pair magically with spicy dishes. You’ve heard all about wine country, no doubt. But what is wine country, exactly? It’s where the wineries and vineyards are located, of course; but we say it’s also the many quaint towns with hundreds of bed and breakfasts, charming restaurants, boutique shops, and many more recreational opportunities that make for a relaxing getaway that’s unique to Missouri. Missouri wine country is in Hermann and in Augusta but it’s also anywhere there is a winery. And there are wineries all across Missouri, from Rocheport, near Columbia, to the southeast, where several wineries have sprouted near the historic town of Sainte Genevieve on the banks of the Mississippi.
There’s never been a better time to visit Missouri wine country!
MissouriWineCountry.com is your guide to the entire Missouri wine experience. Although we’re still putting the finishing touches on our new website, we’ve made good progress.
Here are some of the many features already available on MissouriWineCountry.com:
- An event calendar with details about events throughout Missouri
- Detailed profiles of every Missouri winery, with links to maps, hours of operation, tour information, contact information and much more
- A listing of all wines available from Missouri wineries, including style (such as dry or sweet) and tasting notes.
- Informational resources about Missouri wine regions, the types of wine grapes grown in Missouri, the history of wine in Missouri and more
- Where to buy Missouri wines at fine retailers throughout the state
- What’s new in the Missouri wine industry
- Where to stay in wine country, what to do and where to eat
So, before you plan a visit wine country, visit www.missouriwinecountry.com. Don’t forget to bookmark us and visit often, especially as the fall harvest events and holiday seasons approach.
Here’s to Missouri wine!