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“Okay experience” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Stone Hill Winery

Stone Hill Winery
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Hermann
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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.
Kansas City, Missouri
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“Okay experience”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

Last time I was here, I had a fabulous time. But this time, our server during our tasting was scattered and tried accommodating too many people that walked up throughout our tasting. He lost track and was not able to explain much about the wine. We ended up leaving half way through and not buying any wine. It was too unorganized.

Visited October 2013
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Newton, KS
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“Pleasent Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

. The guided tour of the winery and the history of the buildings is interesting. The building are very old and have a lot of history. We had ample opportunity to sample their product. I didn't care to sample a lot of different wines so I wondered into the next room. There I had interesting conversation with the bar tender and a couple samples of their Merlot. They have a very nice gift area. Besides wine they have cheese and other items associated with wine. I was there with a group of about 50 people and they handled it very well. This is a walking tour with stairs and steep grades on the walkways. Not suited for persons with walking disabilities.

Visited October 2013
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Iowa
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“Good wine, nice tasting room”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

The wine is always good and plenty here, but we were crushed when we found out our favorite tester, Frank, is no longer there. The employees working in the tasting room are always friendly and knowledgeable. The restaurant on site is also good. The manager was a little snotty when we were there.

Visited October 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“Weekend getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is nice weekend getaway location especially during the Fall time what a great place! My Wife and I live near St. Louis & come here for a little R&R .They have a nice winery tour with free wine tasting. Are buy your own cold bottle & take it out to sit on a table with a great view overlooking the town.

Visited September 2013
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Linn, Missouri
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“Wonderful winery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2013

I have visited here multiple times over the last few years and always have a good experience. Unlike most wineries in the area, there is actually a tour and the wine tasting is at least 15 wines vs the 4 or 5 at other wineries. The gift shop and restaurant are both nice. Even during the Octoberfest weekends there is plenty of space to move around and sit and visit with friends. Definitely check this one out if you are in the area; the views are wonderful!

Visited October 2013
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