Missouri Journals

Along the Wine Road

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An October 2003 trip to Missouri by Re Carroll

Hermann, Mo. Photo, Missouri, United States More Photos
Quote: Located within easy driving distance from St. Louis, Missouri’s Augusta wine district was actually the first designated wine district in the country thanks to the German immigrants who settled here in the 1800s. Today, it is home to over 100 wineries and many are open for tours and tastings.

Along the Wine Road

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Hermann, Mo. Photo, Missouri, United States
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Many of the German immigrants who settled here noted similarities to Germany’s Rhine Valley, a major wine-producing region. This led the immigrants to start their own vineyards and the area became nationally known for wine production until Prohibition when grape vines were torn out and equipment destroyed. It wasn’t until the 60s and 70s that grapes were once again planted and wineries reopened. Today there are over 100 wineries operating in Missouri and many offer tours and tastings. We took one sunny autumn Saturday and travelled from St. Louis along Highway 94 nicknamed Weinstrasse (Wine Road). Coincidentally, Octoberfest was happening and the wineries were packed with visitors. Some e...Read More

Montelle Winery & Klondike Cafe

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Montelle Winery & Klondike Cafe Photo, Augusta, Missouri
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Founded in 1970, Montelle advertises itself as "Missouri’s most scenic winery" and I have to agree with them. It was the first winery we visited and its hill top setting was superb, especially in autumn when the trees were a multitude of colour. A gigantic two level, outdoor patio was furnished with wrought iron tables and chairs displayed to showcase views of the winding Missouri River 400 feet below. Many people were taking advantage of the nice weather and wonderful views to enjoy a picnic feast and a bottle of their favourite Montelle selection.The winery’s interior was dominated by a huge oak tasting bar where samples of their different wines are offered. Unfortunately, the woman who serve...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 8, 2004

Montelle Winery & Klondike Cafe
201 Montelle Drive
Augusta, Missouri 63332
(888) 595-9469

Mount Pleasant Winery

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Attraction

Mount Pleasant Winery Photo, Augusta, Missouri
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Mount Pleasant is one of the oldest wineries in the area and was founded in 1859 by German immigrants George and Frederick Munch. The wood and limestone cellars, built in 1881, are still used to age the wines and ports made on the premises. As with all the Missouri wineries, it was forced to close during Prohibition when the vines were removed. It was reopened in 1966 and the vineyards were replanted.Mount Pleasant hosts winemaker’s dinners throughout the year and is a popular place for wedding receptions as well. It was one of the few places where we noted a uniformed security guard very obviously in attendance. He said the wineries provide their own security to ensure revelers don’t get to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2004

Mount Pleasant Winery
5634 High Street
Augusta, Missouri 63332
(800) 467-9463

Augusta Winery

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Augusta Winery Photo, Augusta, Missouri
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Augusta Winery is located on the main street in the small village of Augusta. The village was founded in 1836 by a follower of Daniel Boone and was settled by mostly German immigrants.Augusta was the smallest winery that we toured and there was a continual stream of customers coming and going. There was quite a line-up at the sales counter and many people were buying cases at a time - we took this as a good sign. The tasting area was small and decorated with the many ribbons and medals that the winery has won over the years. The extremely friendly server more than made up for the short wait to sample the wines.We tried and bought a bottle of their Cynthiana which won the gold medal i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 8, 2004

Augusta Winery
5601 High Street
Augusta, Missouri 63332
(888) 667-9463

Blumenhof Winery

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Attraction

Blumenhof Winery Photo, Dutzow, Missouri
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Blumenhof is located in the small town of Dutzow, which is Missouri’s oldest German settlement still in existence. The winery’s name comes from a German word meaning "Court of Flowers." It was established by the Blumenberg family, whose ancestors emigrated from the Harz Mountain region in Germany.The visitor centre and tasting area resembles a rustic Bavarian haus, as does a separate, smaller structure that serves as a takeaway grill. Bavarian sausages, hot dogs and potato salad were offered for sale and there was a band just setting up.Blumenhof’s vineyards were established in 1979 and they offer 10 varieties of wine. Unfortunately, we were running out of time, so did a rather hurried ...Read More

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Blumenhof Winery
Highway 94
Dutzow, Missouri 63342
(800) 419-2245

Louis Balducci Vineyards

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Attraction | "Louis Balducci Vineyards"

Louis Balducci Vineyards Photo, Augusta, Missouri
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Balducci Vineyards was established by Louis Balducci, a well-known name in the St. Louis wine community. It is now operated by Rick and Carol Balducci, and the pride in their Italian heritage is very evident from their phone number (482-VINO) to the offerings at their on-site restaurant - pastas, pizzas, Italian salad and more.Balducci’s is one of the newer wineries established in Missouri and their intent is to create a sophisticated, destination winery with live music presented free of charge most weekends and a restaurant where people can enjoy a good meal, paired with a glass of two of their wine.The tasting area and restaurant are in different sections of the same building and both ha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 8, 2004

Louis Balducci Vineyards
6601 Highway 94 South
Augusta, Missouri 63332
(636) 482-8466

Stone Hill Winery

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Attraction

Stone Hill Winery Photo, St. Louis, Missouri
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Stone Hill was our last winery of the day, and while the others headed over to the restaurant to get a hot beverage, I signed up for a guided tour. I paid my $1.50 and became part of a large group of people eager to learn more about the winery as well as enjoy the extended tasting offered only to groups.Our tour guide, Natalie, provided us with lots of facts on the winery. Now listed on the National Historic Register, Stone Hill was established in 1847 and became the second largest winery in the U.S. By the early 1900s it was shipping in excess of 1,200,000 gallons of wine each year but this came to an end with Prohibition in 1920 when vines were ripped out and the underground cellars were us...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 8, 2004

Stone Hill Winery
1110 Stone Hill Highway
Hermann, Missouri 65041
(573) 486-2221