In 1980, the region encompassing Augusta, Missouri, became the first federally designated American Viticulture Area (AVA) in the United States, earning the title eight months before Napa Valley. AVAs feature specific geographic features and boundaries uniquely suited to grape-growing; in the Augusta appellation, the soil, climate and proximity to the Missouri River create an ideal environment for quality grapevines. Some of the oldest and most acclaimed wineries in the state fall within the AVA, making it ideal for a day trip or weekend getaway.
Editor's Note: The original version of this story incorrectly stated that parts of Washington, Dutzow and Defiance are included in the Augusta American Viticulture Area (AVA) and that Holy Grail Winery is located within the AVA. We apologize for the unfortunate errors, which were made during the in-house editing process.