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“When tasting, ask for Sheila”
Review of Stone Hill Winery

Stone Hill Winery
Ranked #1 of 22 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.
Reviewed 26 November 2013

Sheila was great and made wine tasting fun for me (a non-wine drinker). She allowed us to try essentially every wine Stone Hill had available and had everyone at the bar laughing.

When you take the tour, ask for Sheila for the tasting.

Thank Brian M
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"great tour"
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"german food"
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"free tour"
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"tasting room"
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"interesting history"
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"wine making process"
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"gift shop"
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"beautiful grounds"
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

We attended a wedding in Late September 2013. The grounds were immaculate, and we wedding went off without a hitch. The wine is very good, but the scenery surrounding this winery is breathtaking. You see hills, vineyards, the lovely town. This place is beautiful all year round.

Thank Reneeb1214
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Reviewed 4 November 2013 via mobile

Our last trip to herminn we visited several winerys and Stone hill is by far the best in herminn. The friendly staff and the wine tasting were awesome. The clean facilities and the wine tour are fantastic. All in all the nicest experience in herminn.

Thank BigJR40
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

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.

Thank Ktwaack
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Reviewed 22 October 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.

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