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“Wonderful value for a tour and wine tasting” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Stone Hill Winery

Stone Hill Winery
Ranked #1 of 18 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.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Wonderful value for a tour and wine tasting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014

We absolutely loved spending $2.50 for a wonderful tour and wine tasting. The added bonus was getting a restaurant suggestion from the cashier (of course she recommended eating at the Stone Hill restaurant too!) But we were traveling out of town and she gave us a top notch suggestion. Very good wine. Very friendly tour director. We thoroughly enjoyed every moment.

Visited March 2014
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Saint Charles, Missouri
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“Stone Hill Winery is an absolute visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2014

We've done the Grapes to Glass tour here, have done the regular tours as well, and then for the Chocolate Wine Trail, we just enjoyed sitting in the atrium while waiting to eat at the Vintage. Love the Concord, Golden Rhine, Steinberg's and I love their Norton as well.
Walking around the winery is lovely and they have a wonderful view of Hermann! A must visit!!

Visited February 2014
Thank Pamela B
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Fredericktown, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014

The free tasting is a must! You learn so much and have a great time. Brittany was our hostess and she did a Great Job! Kuddos for Her!

Visited February 2014
Thank Kim L
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“We really enjoyed. ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

We did the winery tour with Ray as our guide. The tour was very interesting and was topped off with a very nice wine tasting at the end. Ray is an outstanding guide.
There's an excellent gift shop attached with a very helpful staff.
We'll go back.

Thank David M
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Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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“Out of the way Surprise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

Please see review titled "Quaint"....says everything I wanted to. The $2.50 tour was worth it! Great little tour by a guide that knew his history of the winery. Wine tasting after the tour. He knew his wines! The restaurant next door was a great surprise with wonderful food. Very German! Since the all Christmas decorations were up, it gave a truly different look than I was expecting.

Visited December 2013
Thank ImaWingBiker
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