We have visited Stone Hill Winery in Branson, Missouri many times. My whole family enjoys the tour and the gift shop. I have my Stone Hill favorites, and I usually pick up a case or two when there. But, this was our first visit to Stone Hill’s historic home in Hermann.
Hermann, Missouri is known as "Missouri’s Rhine Village." Early in the 19th century, the Germans who migrated to Missouri settled along the Missouri River valley. The area greatly resembled their homeland, along the Rhine River valley. The lands around Hermann were perfect for the vineyards that make this area ideal for wine production.
Stone Hill Winery sits atop a hill overlooking the beautiful town of Hermann. The view from the winery is spectacular. Vineyards surround the entire facility, which includes the winery, a restaurant, and wine and gift shop. The tour is only $1.50 for adults and takes you through America’s largest series of underground arched cellars. You are told about Stone Hill‘s rich history and you see the winemaking process from fermentation to bottling. If you are touring in August, you may get to witness "The Crush."
The town of Hermann is right out of the mid-1800s. Clock towers and church steeples rise above the town’s red-brick buildings. Many of the old, historic homes are now bed-and-breakfast inns. We had the kids with us, so a romantic bed and breakfast was not possible. I am sure we will be making another trip soon. Next time, the kids stay home.