This Missouri American Viticultural Area (AVA) was the first wine region to receive this federal designation, in 1980, a full eight months before the Napa Valley AVA. Located on the bluffs above the Missouri River Valley, the Augusta AVA produces outstanding Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Merlot wines, among others. French-American hybrid grapes also grow well here (Chardonel, Seyval Blanc, St. Vincent and others.) One of the earliest wineries in this area, Mount Pleasant Winery, was founded in 1859. The area’s early vineyards were planted in the 1880s, where they began to gain recognition for their wines. Missouri was a prominent wine producing state before Prohibition, and experienced a revival of this industry in the 1960s. For more information on the wines, vineyards, and wineries of the Augusta AVA in Missouri, see below.
Blumenhof Winery. Located on Missouri’s Highway 94 in the historic village of Duzow, this Augusta AVA winery has been making wines since the first German immigrants settled in the state. Be sure to try their Chambourcin, a medium bodied wine which has fruity aromas of cherry followed by flavors of earth and spice. Also try their Cynthiana, a rich, Cabernet like wine that has aromas of vanilla and cocoa, and flavors that include coffee, spice and oak. For more information on this Augusta AVA winery and its wines, click here.
La Dolce Vita Winery. This Augusta winery is located in Washington, Missouri. Established in 1994, their wines have won numerous local and national competitions. La Dolce Vita Winery also has a gourmet restaurant, and a bed and breakfast. Sample their 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon, a semi-dry red wine that has aromas of ginger and black cherry, followed by flavors of black currant, cedar and smoke. Also try their 2000 Norton, a dry red wine that has aromas of raspberries and spice, and flavors that include dark fruit and chocolate. For more information on this Augusta winery and its wines, click here.
Chandler Hills Winery and Vineyard. This Augusta winery creates wine from its own Missouri vineyards, as well as those from its vineyards in California’s Napa Valley and Central Coast. Try their Great Heron Vidal Blanc 2008, a semi-dry Missouri Vidal Blanc with aromas of stone fruits and flavors that include pineapples and grapefruit. Also try their Old Bridge Chambourcin 2006, a dry Missouri red wine that has aromas of black plums and flavors that include pomegranate and chocolate. For more information on this Augusta Valley winery and its Missouri wines, click here.