Missouri’s wines are very popular in my home state and the sales of these very fruity and sweet wines spill over into our neighboring states. As a regional wine producer, Missouri holds its own very well from the Missouri River down to the Ozark Plateau. Here are some wineries to visit this spring as the weather gets warm and the grapes start to grow.
There are five wine trails in Missouri, three of which are along the bluffs and rolling hills that traverse the Missouri River. Another one near Ste. Genevieve is around the Mississippi River on the way down to the Bootheel. Lastly, the most spread out region is in the Ozark Mountains that boasts six wineries spread out over a hundred and fifty miles. In all, there are 26 wineries in five trails that are marketed as tourist destinations.
Hermann is the heart of wine country with seven vineyards nearby. Included in this is one of my favorites, Stone Hill Winery which also has a branch in Branson. Hermann is just west of St. Louis along the Missouri River and is known for its German heritage, Oktoberfest, and its wine growing capabilities.
On May 1st and 2nd in 2010, experience all seven wineries for just $30 on a tour and tasting. Enter a drawing for a night’s stay at Hermann’s Bed and Breakfast and gift certificates for each of the wineries. Get out and smell the grapevines with this premier tour of Missouri’s wine country.
Branson hosts the 2010 Missouri Food and Wine Festival at the Chateau on the Lake just west of Branson. This second annual event is a world-class gathering of gourmet food and the best of Missouri’s wine. Andy Williams will be there signing his new book.
On the weekend of April 24th and 25th, take a culinary tour of Missouri and taste some of the finest wines from America’s heartland. A two day pass is $30, and you can attend classes and learn how to cook like a gourmet. At night, get ready to sample some great food and wine.
Along the mighty Mississippi halfway between St. Louis and the Arkansas border is the historic town of Ste. Genevieve and six wineries. Celebrate Earth Day this April with a spring tour and food at each of the six wineries as they show off their stuff. Tickets are $20 per person.
One of the perks of this tour is that you get to take home some herb seedlings with you to start your own herb garden. Join the Route Du Vin wine trail on April 17th and 18th.