gilda345 wrote:That sounds like a great trip! There aren't any wineries near Grant's Farm that I know of. I think they're all pretty much toward the Augusta and Hermann areas. Maybe you could go find an old Italian restaurant on "The Hill" (STL's Italian neighborhood) and enjoy a glass of Chianti?
I don't how familiar you are with Missouri wine, but you'll experience a broad spectrum of, ummm, quality, I guess? I hate to sound that way, but some wineries are doing a great job with native varietals and figuring out how to make good wine and others are more focused on making money, pushing fruit and sweet wines (which is great if that's your thing). You'll probably figure that out as you go.
Like I mentioned before, Robller in New Haven is by far my favorite winery in the area. If you can hit it on your way to Hermann, you won't regret it. You can drive south of the River on hwy 100 and you'll go right past it. The son of the owner is using Missouri varietals to make wines that taste like they're from vinifera grapes. He's doing a really nice dry Rose and does a great job with our state grape, Norton. He also has a couple of cuvees that are fantastic.
I hope you have a fabulous time in Missouri! Sorry for my long responses, I just get excited for people to visit our beautiful state and try our wine. I hope you find some good stuff and can ignore the bad!
Hi Gilda, thanks again for the tips! We did make a trip to Robller as per your suggestion and really appreciated the personal attention we received there as well as enjoyed their wines. Having flown to MO via St. Louis, we were limited as to what we could bring home but I did buy a bottle of '09 Robller Norton.
Our very first winery stop was Sugar Creek in Defiance which was somewhat of a disappointment. We were going to stop in at Yellow Farmhouse first but there was nowhere to park.
From Sugar Creek we went to Montelle, which was quite picturesque and had some very good wines. We then went to the Augusta Winery (sister winery of Montelle) and also found their wines to be very good. They were about the only winery that would ship to OH and they offered a whopping 35% discount off case purchases so we ordered a mixed case which arrived here at home the day after we got back.
From Augusta Winery we were going to head to Mt. Pleasant right nearby but my g/f saw a sign for the Augusta Brewing Co. and suggested we walk to it. We got there, sat down and ordered a flight of beer (LOVED their Heffeweissen) and listened to a guy named Roger (husband of one of the waitresses) play guitar and sing. Unfortunately, heavy rains and wind set in and we were basically stranded there until 6pm, by which time Mt. Pleasant had closed for the day so we headed towards Hermann to check into our room at Hermann Hill.
Herman Hill was awesome. I can't say enough nice things about it. Amazing amenities, incredible views, delicious breakfasts, etc. As much as I enjoyed the wineries (and the sights around St. Louis), staying at Hermann Hill was truly the highlight of the trip.
We decided to drive ourselves instead of taking the trolley around Hermann. We started at Stone Hill, then drove out to Robller, then started heading back into Hermann stopping at Bias, Oak Glenn, Hermanhoff and Adam Puchta along the way.
On our way back to St. Louis to catch our return flight, we stopped in at Mt. Pleasant and almost ended up missing our flight because of it, doh! Fortunately we made it (barely) and I brought home one of their Tawny Ports.
Overall, we were very impressed with the MO wines we tasted. The Norton wines were great and there were many delicious whites, my favorite being Vignoles.
EDIT: Also enjoyed the authentic German fare at the Vintage Restaurant on the grounds of Stone Hill Winery. Delicious!