Located in Gasconade County, this Missouri American Viticultural Area (AVA) is completely encompassed by the larger Ozark Mountain AVA. The grape growing conditions of this wine region are similar to those in eastern and southern Germany, due to the alluvial soil deposits of its flood plain. Many different grape varieties are grown here, including Chardonel, Sayval Blanc, and Vidal Blanc, among others. The Hermann AVA produces many outstanding and award-winning wines. For more on the vineyards, wineries and wines of this Missouri wine region, see below.
Stone Hill Winery. This is the largest winery in Missouri, established by German immigrants in 1847. In the early 1900s, this Hermann AVA winery was the second largest winery in the United States and the third largest in the world, producing over one million gallons of wine alone in 1900! During Prohibition, its wine cellars still managed to turn a profit by growing and selling mushrooms. In 1964, this Hermann AVA winery was the first in Missouri to be reestablished, and it now produces about 250,000 gallons per year. For an outstanding Missouri wine, try their Stone Hill Norton 2005, a spicy and sweet red wine with aromas that include cherry, and flavors of stone fruits and spice. Also try their Stone Hill Vignoles, which has floral aromas and flavors of pineapple and apricot. For more information on this Hermann AVA winery and its wines, click here.
Hermannhof Vineyards. With ten stone cellars and a historic winery that is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this winery is steeped in tradition and history. In the early 1900s, this Hermann winery was producing over three million gallons of winery. Shut down by Prohibition, it was reestablished in 1974 and produces about 15,000 cases of wine annually, most of it aged in their French and American white oak barrels. Be sure to try their Hermann AVA Chardonel, a full-bodied wine that is barrel fermented. You’ll enjoy its flavors of butter and oak, followed by a long, full finish. Also try their Sayval Blanc, a 100% estate-grown wine that is fermented in stainless steel. This is a medium bodied wine with flavors of lemon and other citrus. For more on this Hermann winery and its Missouri wines, click here.
Adam Puchta Winery. This family farm, planted in the 1800s, produced quality wines from the 1880s through Prohibition. Although the vineyards were replaced with cropland in the 1920s, the family continued to create wines for its own use from elderberries, blackberries and occasionally dandelions. Located in the hills along Frene Creek in Missouri, this Hermann AVA winery began producing award winning wines with its revival in 1988. Sample their Vidal Blanc, a dry white wine with aromas of pear and citrus, followed by flavors of melon and more citrus. Their Hunter’s Red wine is excellent, too, a medium bodied Missouri wine with floral aromas and flavors of black currant and spice. For more information on this Hermann AVA winery and its Missouri wines, click here.