Oldest Missouri Wineries
There are more that 120 different missouri wineries, producing approximately 980,000 gallons of wine per year from over 400 vineyards. These numbers are from 2016 so probably it is low as it seems like I find new ones every year.
Lets just talk about what I believe are the three oldest wineries all of which are within a 30 minute drive for me.
The three oldest missouri wineries are:
Hermannhof Winery. Located in Hermann Mo this winery dates back to 1852.
Hermannhof’s ten stone cellars and brick superstructure are among the 100 early Hermann buildings placed on the National Register of Historic places by the Federal government.
Construction of a brewery/winery commenced in 1848 and was completed in 1852 in the French section of Hermann. Hermannhof’s wine making was initially a small part of this very successful brewery.
Prohibition and the Hermann Wine Industry.
By 1904, the Hermann area produced 3 million gallons of wine, most of which were produced by small wine growers, many of whom utilized the facilities of Hermannhof. Prohibition began a forced long sleep for Hermann with the vineyards being uprooted and the equipment destroyed or sold to Europeans.
In 1974, the Hermannhof Cellars were purchased by the Dierberg family and renewal began.
They also have a small inn where you can stay and a restaurant that features authentic German food.
Mount Pleasant Winery, located in Augusta Mo, dates back to 1859.
The winery is situated on a south-facing bluff overlooking the Missouri River Valley. It has 85 acres (34 ha) of vines in cultivation, growing 16 varieties of grapes. The winery has constructed a public wine garden and terraces that use the view to good advantage.
The winery grows 12 grape varieties on 85 acres (34 ha). Over the past two decades, Mount Pleasant has won several prestigious awards and achieved high point-ratings for its wine.
They have a second location in Branson Missouri.
Stone Hill Winery located in Hermann, Missouri dates back to 1847.
It is located along the Missouri River, in what is called the Missouri Rhineland of the Hermann AVA. Stone Hill was Established by German immigrants in 1847 and now is the largest winery in the state.
Like all wineries during the 1920’s Stone Hill was closed due to prohibition as all of their vines were destroyed and the wine producing equipment was sold to wine producers in Europe. The cellars were converted to mushroom farms and it was not until 1965 that Jim and Betty Held made Stone Hill Winery the first in Missouri to be re-established.
Missouri wine has a old and rich heritage that is well worth discovering. I recommend this to any American Winos that want to enjoy the experience of travel, wine and good food.
There are so many to visit including these oldest Missouri Wineries.