Midwest Wine Country Weekend Getaways
Missouri: Winemaking tradition
The wine scene in Missouri long predates the current fad for vineyard tours. German winemakers arrived in the region around Hermann, on the banks of the Missouri River, in the 1800s. Today, Missouri has 80-plus vineyards and wineries throughout the state.
Sip: More than a century old, Stone Hill Winery in Hermann (about 90 miles west of St. Louis), with a restaurant and bright tasting room that offers ridge-top views, is a star among a dozen-plus wineries along the eastern Missouri River Valley.
Stay: Hermann Hill Vineyard and Inn offers both an attractive B&B and modern cottages overlooking the Missouri River.
Play: In Augusta, about 40 miles east of Hermann, Mount Pleasant Winery hosts elegant winemaker meals--and murder mystery dinners.