I’ve spent my life living in 3 very different parts of the country. I was born in the suburbs of Philadelphia, then moved to Missouri from ages 9-18, and then to New York City for college and beyond. As you can imagine, I didn’t spend much of my childhood exploring the Missouri Rhineland. However, now that I am legal drinking age, I have enjoyed visiting the local wineries surrounding my hometown of Washington, Missouri and learning more about this history and culture of the area. My own family immigrated from Germany to the Missouri Rhineland in the early 1800’s when it was settled by other Germans who thought the land resembled that of Germany. They decided the land around the Missouri River would be a successful region for growing grapes and producing wine. And 200 years later, the wine industry in Missouri is going strong. The Missouri Rhineland wineries attract locals and tourists alike visit for the local music, wine tasting, parties, bachelorette parties, weddings, and more.
Mount Pleasant Estates, Augusta, Missouri
5634 High Street
Augusta, Missouri 63332
Phone: 636.482.WINE (9463)
April through October
Monday through Friday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (last call at 4:30 pm)
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm (last call at 5:00 pm)
November through March, everyday
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (last call at 3:30 pm)
April to October, Thursday through Monday
11:00 am –4:00 pm
Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Years Day
My family and I decided to visit Mount Pleasant Estates on a hot August day while I was visiting for the eclipse of 2017. We found a shady table with a beautiful view of the estate and within earshot of the live music. The winery was quite full with a wedding, a bus tour, and a few bachelorette parties! Mount Pleasant Estates is the largest of the Missouri Rhineland Wineries I’ve visited. The had a lunch menu in addition to their local wines. We sampled two of their white wines, both of which were quite delicious and refreshing on such a hot day!
This beautiful winery was opened in 1859 by two German brothers. They maintained the winery all the way through prohibition, selling wine all over the world. After 1920, the winery and all of its equipment was burned to prohibit the making of any wine during prohibition. Luckily, the winery was revived later in the 20th century and is still available for visitors to taste wine and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
This is the small gazebo where you might see a wedding taking place on a weekend.
This is the view from the deck where live music plays.
Balducci Vineyards, Augusta, Missouri
Address: 6601 S Highway 94
Augusta, MO 63332
Monday – Thursday 11am – 5:30pm
Friday 11am – 9pm
Saturday 11am – 7pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm
Balducci Vineyards is another local favorite, located in Augusta, Missouri. The venue is also often home to many celebrations and a popular stop on bachelorette party wine tasting tours. Unlike many of the neighboring wineries, the founders of Balducci Vineyards are Italian! They immigrated in the early 1900’s, and their son opened the vineyard just after World War II. The winery is still run by the Balducci family today.
Blumenhof Vineyards & Winery, Dutzow, Missouri
13699 South Highway 94
Dutzow, Missouri 63342
Mon-Thurs: 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (open till 8 p.m. May 15 – October)
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (open till 8 p.m. May 15th – September 24th and till 7 p.m. in October)
Sunday: NOON – 5:30 p.m.
Blumenhof is open a little later than some of its neighbors on Saturday nights. You can enjoy live music while sipping your wine in their outdoor space.
Have you been to the Missouri Rhineland Wineries? What’s your favorite? Leave a comment below!