As the number of wineries in the state of Missouri climbs over the 120 mark, the collaborative efforts among them continue to grow as well.
Producers within the same geographical area often join together to create trails for wine enthusiasts and tourists. These trails are conceived to enhance your local wine tasting experience and lead you to locations that you may have otherwise missed while visiting the area.
We’re looking forward to checking out the newest to the bunch, The Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail, a trail that highlights the southeast portion of our state.
Becoming the eighth recognized wine trail in Missouri, The Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail is located just 75 miles south of Saint Louis via Highway 55. It currently consists of six family owned and operated wineries, stretching through 40 scenic miles between Perryville and Cape Girardeau:
- Apple Creek Vineyard & Winery
- The Barrens Winery
- Hemman Winery
- Hunter Valley
- Tower Rock Vineyard & Winery
Though working together, each winery remains unique in atmosphere, experience and variety of wines. Familiar varieties of Chardonel, Vignoles, Traminette, Chambourcin and Norton are evident while distinctive blends and fruit wines are also making appearances on the menus. Along with wines, ranging from dry to sweet, there are a multitude of events, such as live music and shops along the trail. Some of the wineries also have unique features to draw guests. For example, Hunter Valley in Cape Girardeau has been making quite a splash with their "wine-a-rita" pitchers while Rothbrick Winery in Jackson, Missouri offers cabins and horseback riding on their property for additional guest entertainment.
Familiar Missouri wine regions have had established trails for some time, including the Missouri Weinstrasse in Augusta, the Hermann Wine Trail and the Route Du Vin in Ste Genevieve. And even further from our St. Louis surrounding areas, there is the Ozark Mountain Wine Trail near Springfield, the NWMO Wine Trail just north of Kansas City and Columbia boasts their own with the Missouri River Wine Trail.
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