July 21, 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...]

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...]

Midwest Winery Rankings for 2013

According to the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) the number of federal winery licenses in the 11 state Midwest Wine Press market area grew to 1,243  in 2013. This is a 10% increase from the number of winery licenses in 2012.See newer story: 2014 Midwest Winery Rankings New for this year, the Midwest Wine Press Midwest Winery Rankings also include the number of wineries … [Read more...]

Chocolate Comes to Hermann Wine Trail

The Hermann Wine Trail in Missouri hosted their first event of 2013 this past weekend. "Chocolate Wine Trail" sold out, as it does every year, with 1,200 wine and chocolate lovers participating.   The event cost was $30 per person and each winery differentiated itself with a different wine and chocolate pairing.Stone Hill Winery offered its customers two types of wine tastings. The first … [Read more...]

Patty Held: Top Five Ideas from License to Steal Conference

Recently, I  spoke at the License to Steal Conference in Ohio.  I have been attending and presenting at this conference since its inception.  It is one of the best marketing conferences for wineries in the country.  Donnie Winchell, the Executive Director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association, is the brainchild behind the conference and her knack for finding speakers outside the wine industry is … [Read more...]

Midwest Winery Rankings by State

Midwest Wine Press recently compiled current TTB data to arrive at the number of wineries in the Midwest.  (This tabulation method entails acceptance of the TTB definition of a winery which is subject to debate.)The number of wineries in the Midwest as defined by the 11 states in the Midwest Wine Press market area is now 1,132.  There are now also 43 organized wine trails in the Midwest.  Such … [Read more...]

Patty Held: Wine Trail Marketing Ideas

The wine trail concept is exploding!  From California to Maine there are 251 wine trails across the USA with 1878 wineries making up these trails in 43 states.Wine trails are made up of several wineries who work together to promote tourism in their region by offering visitors a taste of the local wine experience.  Each winery has its own distinctive ambiance, spectacular scenery, vineyard … [Read more...]