Stone Hill Winery
Stone Hill Winery is a Missouri winery located in Hermann, Missouri, along the Missouri River, in what is called the Missouri Rhineland of the Hermann AVA. It has additional facilities in Branson and New Florence. Established by German immigrants in 1847, it is the largest winery in the state.
At the turn of the 20th century, Stone Hill Winery was the largest winery West of the Mississippi River in the United States, the second largest winery in the United States and the third largest winery in the worl. It produced 1,250,000 gallons in 1900. Its wine had won numerous awards in international fairs, including Vienna in 1873, Philadelphia in 1876, and St. Louis in 1904. Due to Prohibition, the winery was closed in 1920, along with virtually all others in the nation. During this time, the owners earned money by using its wine cellars to grow mushrooms for sale until 1965.
In 1965 Jim and Betty Held made Stone Hill Winery the first in Missouri to be re-established.
Its main building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Brett Dufur, "History of Missouri Wine Industry", Missouri Wine Country, accessed 19 Oct 2009