Celebrating Missouri Wine Month: Rich Past, Promising Future
September 01, 2021
Each September we celebrate Missouri Wine Month! Join us in commemorating the bicentennial of the state of Missouri, as well as Missouri wine country’s impressive past and future potential with our theme “Rich History, Promising Future.”
Here are some notable facts about wineries throughout the state:
- Lewsi Winery, located in Historic Downtown Sainte Genevieve (the first permanent settlement west of the Mississippi River) is now a National Park. They are one of the largest art communities in Missouri and feature art in their building built in 1893. They are often featured in local ghost tours and ghost pub crawls.
- In addition to an amazing pre and post-prohibition history, Stone Hill Winery has the largest series of underground arched cellars in North America. These hand-dug cellars were started in 1847 and are still a key part of wine production today. Stone Hill’s Cross J Vineyard was originally a winery owned by, potentially, the nation's first female vintner circa 1870.
- Missouri has two wineries that feature beautiful caves and caverns. Add Cave Hollow West in Hannibal and Cave Vineyard in Sainte Genevieve to your travel list.
- Keltoi Winery is an Irish-themed winery with murals, a 1-mile walking trail and a park with Celtic inspired features.
- Baltimore Bend Vineyard was the first winery in Lafayette County where grapes, peaches and apples all thrive. It was named aptly for the bend in the Missouri River where the Baltimore sank. The winery also sits near historical river towns including Lexington and Waverly, both with rich Civil War history.
- Vox Vineyards, located just north of Kansas City, grows American Hertiage Grape varieties by American viticulturalist T.V. Munson in the 1800s.
- Hemman Winery is a step back in time setting. The tasting room home is set in an 1850 country store. The Brazeau village is unique with several buildings from the early 1900s.
- Several Missouri wineries are allegedly frequented by paranormal guests. Read about the haunted wineries here.
- Belmont Vinyards in Leasburg is located on Historic Route 66.
- Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery uses a herd of sheep to maintain the grass in their vineyards in efforts to be more sustainable.
Come see what these unique wineries offer firsthand! Share your findings with us on social with the hashtag #mowine.