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missouri wineries In 1837, German settlers established the town of Hermann on the banks of the Missouri River, west of St. Louis. The soil around Hermann, although too rocky for many crops, was well suited to growing grapes ....

.... and the rest, as they say, is history.

With a long tradition of wine growing, Missouri has had its successes and failures experimenting with hardy, cold-resistant varieties of grapes that have, ultimately, won out to make the state home to one of the largest wine growing areas in the US.

Today, the wine growing regions around Hermann, the southwest Missouri Ozark Mountains, and the south central region around St. James are all designated official viticultural areas that are home to wineries and vineyards easily accessible throughout the state.

For urban wine lovers, there are dozens of wineries near St. Louis. And, for bikers, the Katy Trail follows suit for wine lovers who want to experience home grown under their own steam -- along some 100 miles parallel to Highway 94 popularly dubbed the "Missouri wine road" ...

More information about Missouri wineries around the Web:

The Wonderful Wines & Wineries of Missouri
- Check out a colorful overview from the Missouri Department of Agriculture with a complete winery directory, the history and traditions of winemaking in Missouri, a listing of wine merchants, contact info and related resources.

Missouri Wine Trail - Take the virtual trip statewide with guides and information to the Ste. Genevieve wine region, Hermann, Augusta, and more with related listings for nearby B&Bs, hotels, and weekend itineraries.

Missouri - America's First Wine Region - A list of wineries around Augusta in the Missouri River Valley with contact info and a map to follow.

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