The vineyard is where it all starts.
High upon the bluffs overlooking Hermann is where you can find our vines.
We are not just winemakers—we are grape growers. Sustainably farming our own grapes is key to our commitment to quality. We take what Mother Nature provides and craft something distinct each season.
Why Missouri Wine?
Our American heritage and hybrid grapes are naturally suited to our climate. What’s more, they are uniquely American and have the ability to be crafted into excellent wines. Each year, we aim to highlight and champion the character of each varietal. Innovation and creative expression of our grapes allows us to discover the perfect style for every varietal and blend.
Unique Vineyards Produce Unique Varietals
High upon the hills, our vineyards weather the seasons to ultimately produce great grapes. Our goal is to set the benchmark in quality for each of our varietals.
Since our family started growing grapes, the challenges of Missouri grape growing have required us to constantly adapt and experiment. Combining Pre-Prohibition scientific discoveries from past expert Missouri vintners with new knowledge from experimentation and the modern industry, we have honed techniques for our climate and grapes. We have been a leader of American heritage and hybrid vineyard management, discovering best practices for each of our varieties. Our winery continues in our legacy of crafting world-class American heritage and hybrid wines.
Meet the Stone Hill Vineyards
Our vineyards span seven sites surrounding the Hermann area. As Missouri’s largest grape grower, we are dedicated to growing our own grapes for our wines. In 1983, Hermann was honored as one of the nation’s first federally designated AVAs, or American Viticultural Areas. AVAs denote unique characteristics of an area that make it a special and distinct location to grow grapes and make wine.
Stone Hill Vineyards
Overlooking the junction of the Missouri and Gasconade rivers just four miles west of Hermann is our Rauch Vineyard. At 900-920’, the bluff provides excellent protection against spring frost. The deep loess soil on this site is Menfro silt loam. At Rauch, we have a combination of Vignoles, Vidal Blanc, Chardonel, and our prized ½ acre of Civil War era Norton (which becomes our Old Vine Reserve). Rauch, “smoke” in German, is the name of the original owners of this farm.
The Cellars at Stone Hill
Since 1847, our cellars have been a crucial component in our winemaking.
Naturally a cool 50° F year round, the cellars are the perfect place to sustainably craft and age our wines. As the largest series of arched underground cellars in North America, they are a testament to the passion of the original German winemakers. The historic cellars are paired with modern winemaking approaches to produce the highest quality wines.