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“Rude personnel and plastic cups”
Review of Stone Hill Winery

Stone Hill Winery
Ranked #1 of 20 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.
Baldwin City, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Rude personnel and plastic cups”
Reviewed 20 December 2013

I wanted to like Stone Hill because they are perhaps the most well known of the Missouri wineries but it wasn't to be. For starters the guy doing the wine tastings just couldn't have cared less. He was inattentive, bordering on rude. Come on, where's the customer service? This reflects on your job as I go out months later to support you by buying your wine! In addition they use tiny plastic cups for their wine tastings.... Really? Really!! I favor the smaller wineries. You just get better service. My opinion and I have one.

Visited December 2013
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Springfield, Missouri
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“FAR Tour”
Reviewed 15 December 2013

The wine, the food and the winery tour. Everyone was super friendly. So was the weather. We laughed and joked with each other - stangers wanted join us because it looked we were having so much fun.

Visited September 2013
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Durham, North Carolina
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“A step back in time for Missouri wine”
Reviewed 9 December 2013

No wine tour of Missouri would be complete without a visit and tour at Stone Hill Winery. While many other wineries have amazing views and quality wines, Stone Hill takes the time (for $2, last I went) for a nice tour and brief history of wine-making in Missouri and at Stone Hill specifically. You get to see some of the vineyards, the wine cellars, the tanks, learn about cold stabilization, riddling racks, and more. You end the tour at the tasting rooms, and one of their staff with guide you through tasting ~10-12 of their ~20 wines. When friends come in to visit, I make sure that Hermann, and specifically Stone Hill Winery, are on the agenda. A fantastic experience, and not to be missed! Stop for food at their vintage restaurant before you go!

Visited July 2013
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Overland Park, Kansas
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“When tasting, ask for Sheila”
Reviewed 26 November 2013 via mobile

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.

Visited November 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“great views”
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.

Visited September 2013
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