May 29, 2017

America’s Wine Heartland: Hermann, Missouri

Originally published in WineTouristMagazine.comFew places in America combine wine and history like Hermann, Missouri. Relatively few wine drinkers know that Missouri has a thriving wine industry of about 130 wineries and during the 19th century was one of the leading producers of wine in the country. Hermann, an unassuming but charming town of 2,500 residents on the Missouri River, has always … [Read more...]

Missouri Winery Tour: Westphalia, Chaumette and Augusta Wineries

Last week, my wife and I took urgent action. With baby number two's due date closing fast and the frightening prospect of never having time to do anything ever again, we filled the car with gas and dragged our toddler from one end of Missouri to the other to visit a few wineries.We started at Westphalia Vineyards, near the small town of the same name, just outside the state capitol, … [Read more...]

Chandler Hill Vineyards Takes It Up A Notch

Chuck Gillentine’s Chandler Hill Vineyards aims to take the wine and food at Missouri wineries up a notch.“The state has marketed the wineries as a fun place to come and I think we’ve taken that another step,” says Gillentine, the CEO.Or two or three steps. There are quality estate made wines, fine food and a compelling history to contemplate with it.But first things first – … [Read more...]

Adam Puchta Winery Rich in History and Flavor

Nestled in the German town of Hermann Missouri is the oldest family winery in Missouri.Adam Puchta Winery is filled with history, strong family roots, perseverance and a love of wine.The story of Adam Puchta Winery began in 1839 when Adam Puchta, then seven years old, emigrated from Bavaria to Hermann along with his older brother and three step sisters. Adam and his brother worked on the … [Read more...]

St. James Winery “Grand Champion” at Pacific Rim Competition

Midwest wineries have been winning medals at California wine competitions with such regularity that it’s hardly surprising any longer. However, the way St. James Winery in Missouri dominated the recent Pacific Rim competition in Southern California is truly remarkable.The Pacific Rim judges selected St. James Winery’s Friendship School White wine as its Grand Champion, besting approximately … [Read more...]

Edg-Clif Farms: Chambourcin Specialists

Homepage photo: Cyndy Keesee and Steffie Littlefield. Edg-Clif Farms & Vineyard, a 550 plus acre property in Potosi, Missouri, is a winery with a unique focus. In 2008, after soil tests revealed that the rich earth was suited to Chambourcin, the owners decided to play their hand to full advantage by planting  mainly Chambourcin grapes.That move quickly paid off for Cyndy Keesee and … [Read more...]

Patty Held On The Success of The Hermann Wine Trail

Homepage photo: Oak Glenn Vineyards and Winery, Hermann, MO Patty Held has helped make Missouri's Hermann Wine Trail one of the most thriving wine trails in the Midwest. Midwest Wine Press spoke with Patty recently about her job as Hermann Wine Trail president and the trail’s growth and success.Midwest Wine Press:  We know you’re a member of the Stone Hill Winery family. So how did you get … [Read more...]

New Guide to Missouri Agritourism

One aspect of print media that will never go out of style is the travel guide.  A hard copy travel guide is not only useful for planning a trip, it can also be marked up and taken with on vacation.  When you get back home,  the tour guide becomes a dog eared souvenir full of notes and various papers collected along the way.Nina Furstenau's Savor Missouri River Hill Country,  is a travel guide … [Read more...]