Midwest Living Review
Started in the 1840s, Hermannhof Winery has several buildings -- including its 10 cellars and the brick winery -- on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the cellars has hand-cut stone archways, a vaulted ceiling and a natural spring that runs through a channel hewn into the flagstone floor, which creates the humidity for optimum wine aging. Its signature -- and best-selling -- wine is White Lady of Starkenburg, a semidry white named after a nearby Catholic shrine. The old winery building is picture-perfect and includes tasting rooms; a retail sales area; a deli where cheeses, sausages, soups, etc. are sold; and the weinstube, a small indoor dining room with a fireplace and framed photos of the old winemakers and other memorabilia. The DierbergStar LaneThree Saints tasting room is dedicated to the winery's California vintages.Adjacent to the winery is the recently built Hofgarten, an outdoor event space designed to resemble a European public square. In warm weather, the Hofgarten's courtyard catches cooling breezes from neighboring Frene Creek, and guests can use the bridge -- its railing is appropriately embellished with bunches of grapes -- over the pretty creek to walk from the winery to the Hofgarten.