Monday, 13 August 2012 15:19
Did you know?
- Missouri wine country has German roots dating back to the early 19th century, earning the area the nickname “Rhineland”, which also refers to the wine country in Germany.
- Missouri’s hot summers and rocky Ozark soil make it excellent for growing grapes.
- By the mid-1800’s, Missouri was producing a higher volume of wine than any other state in the US.
- Missouri was the second largest wine producing state before prohibition.
- Missouri has the first area that was federally designated an AVA (American Viticultural Area)
- The only winery allowed to continue producing wine during prohibition was St. Stanislaus Novitiate (St. Louis), so that they could continue making sacramental wine
- Missouri helped save France’s vineyards in the 1870s after a pest destroyed huge amounts of vine.
- Popular varietals of grapes are the Cynthiana/Norton, Concord, Catawba, Vignoles, Seyval, and Chambourcin
- As of 2012, Missouri has over 115 wineries.
- In 2003, the Missouri legislature voted to make the Cynthiana/Norton grape the official state grape.
Published in Fahrmeier Family Vineyards Blog