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“Great Variety, Nice Gift Shop”
Review of Stone Hill Winery

Stone Hill Winery
Ranked #1 of 22 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 October 25, 2012

This winery is one of my favorites in Missouri. My husband and I always enjoy a nice dinner or lunch at the German restaurant next door before visiting the tasting room at the winery. This winery has a nice variety of wines, likely to meet anyone's taste in wine. I especially like their sparkling varieties. The gift shop is worth the visit as well. They have a wide variety of wine related gifts and a nice selection of their wines. Worth the drive.

Thank Diana B
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We settled here for dinner at the end of our wine trail tour for Oktoberfest. The winery area was not as scenic and beautiful as some of the other ones, but they did have a good band playing. We ate in the restaurant for dinner, which was pretty good. The atmosphere was nice and the service was good. The food was also pretty good and from what I thought, was a good value. I would most likely eat here again.

Thank BrookeCroz
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

This is the oldest winery in MO and one of the largest with a wonderful history, dating back to the 1800s. We did a nice tour followed by wine tasting plus we had time to check out the gift shop and there is a very nice restaurant for those who want to enjoy a nice, pleasant lunch. Because it is so much larger than the others, it is the type of winery, you will see in California, complete with the tour...There is a charge for the tour which is a first,.Other wineries we have visited do not charge for touring the grounds and buildings...Our opinion and it is just an opinion, the quality of wines at Stone Hill are a step up from some we tasted and they had a great deal on a case. We are sorry we didn't spend the money and buy a case, but hindsight is always 20/20. .

Thank cruisegambler
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Drove here while on a visit to St. Louis.....it we well worth the drive. This is an an amazing place!!! The tour was wonderful, the tasting room was fun fun fun...and our host was awesome. Had a great time shopping, and the staff was helpful answering questions about the area and the history. I think I must have taken 100 pictures...LOL...I would love to go back and visit again. I would also like to plan on spending some time in the quaint little town of Hermann...it was really interesting.

Thank LorryGary
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

Great tour and at the end the sample room was great with a very generous guide (for the wine tasting that is)

Thank Sharon M
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