The Missouri wine country is one worth sipping in. Our Missouri Wine Country Travel Guide shares a brief history of the state’s wine country, terroir, where to sip, where to stay and things to do beyond the vines.
The Missouri River Valley, aka the Missouri Rhine Valley, was the second largest wine producing state in the United States, prior to the 18th Amendment, which enacted National Prohibition in 1920 – the ban of alcoholic beverages. (Ohio was the first!) When the 21st Amendment took effect in 1933 doing away with that nonsense, the country could finally sip wine again (legally), but it forever changed the wine industry in the U.S. and those states that had initially lead the way.
Missouri is home to five federally recognized AVAs, more than 130 wineries and 11 wine trails.
TOP GRAPE VARIETIES
White Wine Grape
RED Wine Grape
German settlers brought their love of wine and the Rhine to the Missouri River Valley. The first wine was produced in the town of Hermann in 1846 at Stone Hill Winery, still in existence today.
Stone Hill Winery
BEYOND THE VINES
You will miss out on a lot of things to do in Missouri wine country if you don’t go beyond the vines.