Explore The Hermann Wine Trail
An Inside Look at Missouri's Historic Wine Region
Craving a weekend getaway filled with picturesque views, wineries and scrumptious delicacies? Head to the wine region of Missouri and discover the Hermann Wine Trail. With seven unique wineries to explore on the trail alone, and more in the area, it is perfect for wine connoisseurs—or anyone looking to learn about the local wines of Missouri.
According to Hermann wine consultant Patty Held, the region is actually quite well known for its wine. “Before prohibition, Missouri was the second largest wine producing state in the nation, so we have this rich wine culture.” Held explains that some of these wine cellars are actually historic, as they’ve been maintained since before prohibition.
“Before Prohibition, the Germans settled here because they found that grapes grew extremely well in the fertile soils along the Missouri River.” Missouri wine differs from Californian and European wines because the weather is so unpredictable and fluctuating. “It can be warm one day and extremely cold the next,” explains Held. “The types of grapes that were planted were hybrids and native American grapes since, in our region, we can’t grow vinifera grapes.” (Vinifera grapes are typically used in Californian and Mediterranean wines) “That’s why today we grow hybrids. Hearty, native American grapes.” Held explains that it’s because of the history and culture that the industry has flourished, but also because of Missouri’s beauty.
In addition to the Hermann wine region being known for wine, it also is home to many bed and breakfasts, making it the perfect destination for those looking for a quaint, weekend retreat. “Many of the B&Bs are restored, historic homes,” Held says.
The Hermann Wine Trail hosts several themed events throughout the year, with the Chocolate Wine Trail being the favorite. Featured the third weekend of February, this event provides visitors with decadent pairings of wine and chocolate at each of the wineries. This event has sold out since it began in 2004 and approximately 1200 people attend. Other events include Wild Bacon Wine Trail, Say Cheese Wine Tour and the Berries & BarBQ Wine Trail. These tours are not the typical ‘wine and cheese’ pairing. Instead, the wineries use the theme ingredient (Chocolate!! Cheese!! Bacon!!!) as the main component in each mouthwatering dish.
For visitors interested in experiencing the Hermann Wine Trail experience, the ticket is good for two days. The seven wineries can be visited in one day or split between two. It is very doable in one day, according to Held, but it can be split into two days.
These events are very popular and sell out so it is recommended to check the website and purchase tickets in advance.
-By Ettractions Digital Content Editor, PAULA MARINO
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