The Adam Puchta Winery doesn’t just offer visitors an enticing wine list. This place was originally founded in 1855 by a family of Bavarian immigrants new to the area. It was then reopened in 1990 by some dedicated members of the same family after Prohibition knocked out the local winemaking tradition for a while. In effect, this winery provides a true slice of American history. Their wine has been winning awards ever since they reopened. They’ve now diversified their wine list with things like mead, sparkling wine, and berry wine in addition to all of their old favorites.
Adam Puchta Winery, 1947 Frene Creek Rd, Hermann, MO, USA, +1 573 486 5596
Just east of Hermann, up on a hill overlooking the mighty Mississippi River, you’ll find Oak Glen Vineyards & Winery. Opened in 1997, it has since expanded from its core task of creating wine to also include a music venue and a bed and breakfast. So, you can spend even more time sipping your chardonnay and enjoying the views. Their wine offerings run the gamut from names you’ll recognize, like their full-bodied merlot or sweet Muscato, to the new and exciting, like Moonbeam Melod. This is a white wine blended with peach essence.
Stone Hill Winery comprises not one but seven wineries. Each offers its own benefits in terms of the grapes that grow best there. The result, of course, is that Stone Hill grows an impressive number of varieties, which they can then turn into a wine list of stunning diversity. After its establishment in 1847, Stone Hill grew to be the second biggest winery in the United States. Now, the post-Prohibition version of the winery has been cleaning up at national and international competitions since the early 1990s.
Stone Hill Winery, 1110 Stone Hill Hwy, Hermann, MO, USA, +1 573 486 2221
As Bias Winery asks on their own website, does it get any better than a winery and a microbrewery together in one? A definite no. Bias Winery and Gruhlke’s Microbrewery are both smaller operations. Having them both there means that everyone is satisfied, whether they’re chasing down fruity grape undertones or the bitterest hops. Most of their beers are European-inspired, with much of that inspiration coming from Germany. The landscape of the region is most similar to Germany’s Rhine River Valley and many of the same grape varieties grow well in both places. So, it perhaps makes sense that the best beers produced in those areas would be similar too.
Wenwood Farm Winery makes no claims to large scale production or internationally known brands. Instead, this is a small, family-owned and run boutique winery, where each visitor to the tasting room feels like an honored guest. They also have an adorable outdoor pavilion that often hosts live musical acts. It’s a great place to come to enjoy a fun-filled, wine-drenched evening. In addition to a nice list of wines that are always available, Wenwood Farm also has an interesting seasonal wine list. These include pumpkin pie wine in the fall and winter spice wine to warm up the coldest months.
A winery with long standing roots in Europe, Phoenix Winery has recently teamed up with St. Aubert Hill Vineyards. They will continue producing wine using the same techniques as they’ve been using for centuries in Germany. The head winemaker is a German native whose family has been in the business for generations, so he brings much more than just his own expertise. Phoenix Winery runs another small operation, and they manage to keep their wines quite economical even despite their very high quality. For fans living in the surrounding area of this winery, they even offer a delivery service.
Phoenix Winery & Vineyards, 1840 US-50, Owensville, MO, USA, +1 573 437 6278
Bommarito Estate Almond Tree Winery produces only eight types of wine, but two of them have won prestigious awards — that should tell you something about the amount of care that goes into this charming little winery. They’re open on Saturdays and Sundays for tastings and tours, and they really like to be a part of the community. Picnicking on the grounds, for example, is highly encouraged in the summer months. The tasting room feels extra cozy with its big fireplace when it gets too chilly to sit outside.
You’ll find Tin Mill Brewery right in downtown Hermann, and it’s like a little piece of Munich right in the heart of America. They make the beers in accordance with the German Purity Law, ensuring that they include only the traditional ingredients of water, hops, and barley, with no additives. They have 20 taps at their brewery, with four year-round stalwarts and the rest rotating. Their outdoor seating area is perfect on a sunny day. They even have an annual summer Rhythm & Brews Fest in June. If you happen to be around, don’t miss it.
Tin Mill Brewing Company, 114 Gutenberg St, Hermann, MO, USA, +1 573 486 2275
A vineyard with a view, Röbller Vineyard & Winery endeavors to be more than just your local wine producer. To that end, they welcome people in to wander around the vineyards, try the wine, and just relax in the idyllic setting. The owning family also finds their heritage in generations of German beer and winemakers. They are very passionate about sharing this heritage with all of their guests. In the summer and fall, it’s not uncommon to find live music to entertain you while you taste wine and its accompanying sausages and cheese to your heart’s content.
The name probably keys you in to Hermannhof Winery‘s German connection, something that they’re fond of celebrating in several ways. The wines, of course, hearken back to the same tradition that most of the wines in the region do. Once you’re there tasting the Hermannhof collection, you can supplement your afternoon with snacks like sausage, cheese, or bratwurst. They also like to hold festivals, such as the typical German Kristkindl Markt, where you can buy handicrafts and enjoy music. And, of course, you can also drink mulled wine all day long.
Hermannhof Winery, 330 E 1st St, Hermann, MO, USA, +1 573 486 1182