Favorite reasons to visit wine country

November 24, 2022

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The results are in! We asked you to rank your favorite reasons to visit Missouri wineries. Here’s your top six reasons to sip wine in the Show Me State and more.

1. Quality Wines

Missouri wineries offer wines for every palate. From sweet to dry and everything in between. Delve into some of Missouri’s best-known varietals or taste some of the award-winning wines from the annual Governor’s Cup competition.

2. Winery views & scenic drives

With more than 125 wineries and vineyards across the state, there is no shortage of scenery to explore and enjoy while traveling. Missouri’s unique terroir provides its wines with unique flavor profiles, while the landscape offers stunning vistas and scenic drives. Explore blufftop overlooks, caves, historic landmarks, rolling vineyards and more. Missouri’s wineries and vineyards offer some of the best sights the state has to offer. Learn more about that makes each of Missouri’s American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) unique and why you should visit each region in person.

3. Visiting with friends

Speaking of visiting, Missouri wine country is the perfect outing for friends. With ten ready-made Missouri wine country trip planners available, let us help you plan your next outing. The best sip of Missouri wine is one shared with friends. Whether you're wanting to plan a weekend get-away with your besties or just meet up at your local winery for a quick sip, Missouri wineries offer the perfect gathering place.

4. Foodie Favorites

Food and wine are the perfect pairing and many Missouri wineries offer their own in-house cuisines for patrons to enjoy. Contact the winery you plan to visit or visit their website to see if they offer an in-house menu or if you can pack a picnic. Either way, pairing some new or favorite foods with a Missouri wine only adds to the

5. Festivals, entertainment, live music and other events

Missouri wine country has things to do year-round. Elevate your experience by attending one of the many festivals or wine walks, live music events, art shows and wine tastings. Keep up to date on upcoming events on the calendar. Follow your favorite Missouri wineries on social media as well to keep track of any upcoming holiday events.

6. And more…

There are countless reasons to enjoy Missouri wine country. Don’t just take our word for it, listen to the reasons these survey respondents love Missouri wineries!

  • "Quality B&Bs like Hermann Hill. Ten years ago, I Google searched 'bed and breakfasts near wineries in the Midwest' and Hermann, Missouri, popped up. We now have a yearly trip to enjoy wineries in various areas in addition to Hermann," Debbie says.
  • "We love the atmosphere of the wineries and the chance to visit with the owners and winemakers," Linda says.
  • "To get away and relax," Beverly says.
  • "I am a mystery author and will be setting a novel in Missouri wine country," Mary says.

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