Mount Pleasant Estates
George Munch, who came to the area with his brother, Frederick, from Germany, founded Mount Pleasant Winery in 1859. He established the winery in an area that reminded him of his homeland. From the beauty of the topography to the incredible potential for creating excellent wines, they chose Mount Pleasant in Augusta, Missouri. Built from the wood and abundant limestone of the area, the winery and cellars were completed in 1881.
When prohibition came in 1920 and the winery was forced to close, the vines were removed. In 1966 the winery was reopened and the vineyards were replanted with self- rooted vines and grafted European varieties. The original cellars are still used today to age estate bottled wines and international award winning Mount Pleasant Ports.
Mount Pleasant is located in America’s first designated wine district in Augusta, Missouri.
Today, Mount Pleasant is the largest grower of grapes in the Augusta Appellation with over 60,000 vines. Approximately 4,800 of these are vinifera – Chardonnay and the Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Other varietals include Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Rayon d’Or, Vignoles, St. Vincent, Chambourcin, Couderc, Chardonnel and Cynthiana.
Only a short distance from St. Louis, the winery offers a calm, friendly experience quite the opposite of the daily hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy wine tasting and then settle down on the patio with its majestic view and enjoy a bottle of wine and maybe some bistro food from the Appellation Café.