About Our Roots
Rooted in Hermann History
Stone Hill Winery has always been an important part of Hermann.
Since 1847, the winery has been a leader in the community, aiming to create a brighter future for Hermann and Missouri. As one of the largest job providers in Hermann and one of the biggest tourism destinations in the state, we love bringing people to Hermann and sharing it with them. We are proud to have helped restore Hermann’s importance as a wine region and destination in the US.
The History of Winemaking in Hermann, MO
Hermann and Missouri both have an important but often forgotten place in the history of the American wine industry.
In 1837, Hermann was settled by the German Settlement Society of Philadelphia, looking to establish a town to become the “Heart of German America.” The site chosen as it was reminiscent of the German Rhineland, the settlers quickly started growing grapes and making wines as they had in Germany. Missouri grew to be a winemaking powerhouse, becoming the top wine producing state in 1870, with Hermann producing more than half of the state’s wine and Stone Hill Winery being the majority of its share.
As Missouri winemaking continued to prosper, the European industry was struck by an American pest called phylloxera which threatened to kill all their vineyards. Missourians were the first to solve the problem. Charles Valentine Riley, Missouri’s state entomologist, and George Husmann, prominent wine grower and writer and Hermannite, were instrumental in helping to save the rest of the world’s vines.
Hermann continued to be a prominent wine producer until Prohibition shut it all down. It wasn’t until our winery reopened in 1965 that Missouri wines were sold again.
We are dedicated to supporting our community. Throughout the years, they have supported us. Our goal is to make a better Hermann for all. Here are some of our closest local partners that we love supporting:
Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce
St. George Church
Hermann Fire Co.
Gasconade County Soil and Water Conservation
St. Paul UCC Church
Quail Wildlife Organization
Hermann Brush & Palette Club
Hermann Crusade Against Cancer
Saint Francis Borgia High School
Wild Turkey Federation
Washington Chamber of Commerce
Boys and Girls Club Jefferson City