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“Great wine selection”
Review of Stone Hill Winery

Stone Hill Winery
Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Hermann
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Established in 1847, and well before there was a Napa Valley wine industry, Stone Hill grew to be the second largest winery in the United States! Stone Hill wines were world renowned, winning gold medals in eight world's fairs, including Vienna in 1873 and Philadelphia in 1876. By the 1870's, the winery was shipping 1,250,000 gallons of wine per year. Unfortunately, Prohibition swept away the state's burgeoning wine industry interrupting and destroying Missouri's momentum in the industry. Stone Hill's labyrinth of arched underground cellars (the largest series in North America) were sidelined into harvesting mushrooms rather than wine, until 1965, when Jim and Betty Held bought the winery. Along with their young children, the Held's began the long process of restoring the historic buildings, cellars, and an industry which had fallen into disrepair. Jim and Betty's primary task: producing and marketing the finest wines that can be made and putting Hermann back on the map as a world-class wine producing area gained them repeated recognition throughout the past 50 years. Today Stone Hill is Missouri's oldest and most awarded winery. Stone Hill's yearly production is approximately 300,000 gallons of wine, using state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology. Stone Hill's winemaking team produces wines that are again receiving international acclaim. Winning more than 4,000 awards since 1991, Stone Hill Winery has continuously ranked among the nation's top award winners. Norton, Missouri's official state grape - a big, full-bodied red - is the pride of Stone Hill. The 2011 Norton and 2012 Cross J Norton both won a trifecta of awards including the coveted Missouri Governor's Cup adding to 8 other Stone Hill Winery Governor Cup awards. Stone Hill also uses French-American hybrid grapes such as Vidal, Chardonel and Vignoles, making sophisticated wines leading Missouri to reclaim its viticulture history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Stone Hill Winery welcomes visitors with guided tours and tastings. The restored carriage house and horse barn, next to the winery houses the Vintage Restaurant, specializing in German and American cuisine paired with Stone Hill's award-winning wines.
Reviewed November 7, 2011

There was too many people with only one person working in the tasting room. Great wine selection thoughj.

Thank Lenajean
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Reviewed November 7, 2011

Our tour guide Amber was fantastic! AND Ray in the tasting room...well let's just say he's changed our mind ports. Thanks RAY!

Thank Melissa A
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

Awesome winery to go to during October. Several of the other wineries in the Hermann area are more of a party atmosphere, where you cannot even hear yourself talk with your friends. Stone Hill has great background music...the perfect view...and awesome wine at great prices. A winery that I do frequent, they even have inside seating during cold or inclimate weather. The souvenirs they sell are GREAT for gifts.

Thank bhut32217
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

We stopped in Hermann while riding the Katy Trail. Our stay in Hermann was extended due to inclement weather. We began with the cellar tour, which was enjoyable and unhurried. The guide allowed us to take all kinds of pictures and answered each of our questions. The host in the tasting room, Ray, was wonderful and entertaining. He managed our family with grandparents and a 10-year old alongside a honeymooning couple very adeptly. Finally, dinner at the Vintage was a nice experience for my in-laws, who have German heritage.

Thank RaptorDude
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Reviewed October 25, 2011

We did the Stone Hill winery tour and it was pretty cool. They have huge underground cellars. It was the first winery in the area and they have some ghost stories to tell as well as some prohibition stories and a few things that survived. The wine itself was just ok but the tour was great.

Thank JenMcKownZamzow
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