Move over Sonoma County -- the latest destination spot for oenophiles is right here in Missouri. Budget Travel recently profiled four up-and-coming wine country locales and the area between Hermann and New Haven, Missouri, was on the list of getaways:
What the Hermann Wine Trail lacks in size -- there are only six wineries along the 20-mile stretch -- it makes up for in experience. The region has been producing vintages since the 1840s, before Napa had produced a single bottle.There are even more wineries on along the Missouri River, as a writer for The Wichita Eagle discovered on a recent two-day tasting jaunt. The journey begins at Stone Hill Winery -- perhaps the most well-known of the 89 wineries in Missouri. Stone Hill's owner Jim Weld welcomes the new entrants to the market, on one condition:
"Anybody who makes good wine, I'm all for them. Good wine helps the industry, regardless of how many wineries there are."Last week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch put eight Missouri wines to the test, to determine if there was life beyond sweet wine. Two of the reviewed wines sound promising: a medium-bodied white -- the 2007 Hermannhof Vidal Blanc from Hermann ($13.29) -- and a dry red made from Norton grapes, the 2006 Montelle Cynthiana from August ($20.36).