Once home to the third largest winery in the world, Hermann is again showing incredible promise as a world-class viticultural area. The Teutonic influences of this beautiful area extend beyond its rich history of German immigration; the area shares an almost identical climate and landscape with famous winemaking areas of southern and eastern Germany. Hermann has made its own mark, however, with several area wineries making incredible wine out of the native Norton grape and other labrusca, French hybrid, and even vinifera grapes.
The Hermann appellation is nestled in a bend on the southern bank of the Missouri River about 80 miles west of St. Louis. The Hermann river floodplain contains alluvial deposits up to 30 feet deep with soils that are a mixture of silty loam and fertile loess. The area’s varied topography - steep sandstone bluffs, rounded grassy hills, and fertile valleys - offers unique frost protection. Equally important is the air and water drainage provided by this rolling landscape which helps to stave off mildew by evacuating the high summer humidity.
Old-world European charm and sophistication have found a home in the Hermann AVA and its wines.
~ Tim Pingelton, Missouri Editor
Since Thomas Jefferson first tried to cultivate European vinifera in Virginia, the state has been a decided piece of American wine country. Over the years better knowledge, equipment and materials have all contributed to an advancing wine industry, but the more recent decade or two has brought out the real potential that can be found.
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