Missouri’s diverse wine country is overflowing with excitement this summer. Every region of our state offers an enjoyable experience with Missouri’s award-winning wines and one-of-a-kind wineries. Ready for an adventure? Hit the road with these regional “one-tank” trip ideas:
Central Missouri: Are you a fan of the Lake of the Ozarks? There are five wineries located in the lively communities that make up the Lake of the Ozarks area. Spending time in Columbia or Jefferson City? You can easily incorporate stops along the Missouri River Wine Trail. This trail features seven wineries in charming small towns. Whether you hop on the trail or create your own, enjoy sipping locally crafted wines against a backdrop of rolling hills, farmland and bluff-top views of the Missouri River.
Northeast Missouri: There are 13 wineries within a 40-mile radius of bustling St. Louis, and even more beyond that. The numerous vineyards and wineries in the Augusta and Defiance areas are well-worth an afternoon drive down Highway 94. Looking for a little more distance from the hustle and bustle? Head 80 miles west of the city to the historic town of Hermann, there you will find another group of gorgeous wineries. Whichever quaint area you decide to visit, you have a plethora of options within your reach for less than a tank of gas. Stay on the Hermann and Weinstrasse trails, or blaze your own.
Northwest Missouri: The Kansas City area boasts a budding local wine scene. There are many unique wineries within a short distance of the city. Whether you’re looking for a family-farm-esque experience or an urban winery, you’ll find it in the northwest part of the state. There is also not one but two wine trails to check out in this area: the Kansas City Wine Trail and the Great Northwest Missouri Wine Trail.
Southeast Missouri: This area of Missouri’s wine country is distinguished by its French influence and lush rolling hills. The Ste. Genevieve and Farmington areas boasts a wide range of wineries offering everything from historic buildings to spas, gourmet food and natural caves. There are three wine trails to choose from in the southeast portion of the state, the Aux Arcs Wine Road, the Route Du Vin, and the Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail. If you’re in the Cape Girardeau area, make sure to visit their two wineries located within a 25-mile radius. No matter where in the southeast part of the state you’re headed, there’s winery adventure to be had!
Southwest Missouri: This region is plentiful with places to sample Missouri’s wines. Give yourself plenty of time to taste your way through the 100-plus miles of meandering countryside. The 10 wineries on the Ozark Mountain Wine Trail include stops in Springfield, Joplin and summer hotspot Branson. Hop on the trail or shape your trip around the many exciting attractions you can find in southwest Missouri.
Map out your summer winery itineraries with Missouri Wine’s desktop trip planner and then access your saved trips on your mobile device with the free Missouri wines app.
Missouri Wines pair well with summer adventures! To learn more about things to do in Missouri go to VisitMO.com.
Written by Christa Holtzclaw, marketing specialist for the Missouri Wine and Grape Board.