20 Reasons We Love Missouri
The wine scene in Missouri long predates the current fad for vineyard tours. German winemakers arrived in the region around Hermann (about 80 miles west of St. Louis; population 2,700), on the banks of the Missouri River, in the 1800s.
Today, Missouri has 80-plus vineyards and wineries throughout the state. But because Hermann's wine tradition reaches back almost 175 years, its wine trail offers activities you won't find elsewhere, like being able to tour underground wine cellars that were dug by hand before the Civil War. (800) 932-8687; hermannwinetrail.com
Some of our favorites of the six wineries are Hermannhof Winery, (800) 393-0100; hermannhof.com; Stone Hill Winery, (800) 909-9463; stonehillwinery.com; and OakGlenn Vineyards and Winery, (573) 486-5057; oakglenn.com