First up: Stone Hill. It was established in 1847 and at one time it was the second biggest winery in the United States. Now of course there are a lot of wineries bigger than Stone Hill but it’s still the second biggest winery in Missouri. It has a great location on top of a hill overlooking the town. They have a ton of wines available to sample for free, and after you’re done with the tasting you can buy a bottle and break out a picnic basket (or buy snacks there) and have yourself a perfect afternoon.
Hermann has a group of adorable trolleys that will take you around town to all the wineries so you can indulge in some wine without worrying about getting back to your B&B safely.
How cute is this little vineyard! They grow their Norton grapes here, but they’re also practical: the grapes prevent drunk people from hanging out on and then falling down the hill during Oktoberfest.
They served wine slushies when we there on Saturday afternoon! The slushy on the left is the Jacquesse Kick’n Kolada and the one on the right is the Jaquesse Kick’n Berry. I’m normally not a fan of super sweet wines but they were delicious in slushy form!
And toured the cellars, which were pretty cool. Stone Hill actually has the largest vaulted underground cellars in the country.
The pictures below show an old 600-gallon barrel (it was huge!), and the racks they use to store their champagne-style Blanc de Blancs until it’s ready to sell.
After taking the tour of Stone Hill we headed to Adam Puchta winery. It is much smaller than Stone Hill but it was really cute and their wines were delicious. It was founded in 1855 and it is the oldest continuously owned family winery in the country; pretty impressive don’t you think?!
This winery was located a couple miles outside of town so it had a really pretty country setting.
My favorite wine there was the Dry Vignoles: it was light and fruity without being particularly sweet, a perfect wine for the summer.
Have any of you been to Hermann before? Which was your favorite winery there?