Just outside St. Louis is one of Brian's favorite towns, Hermann, Missouri. This town, set on the Missouri River, is the heart of German Wine Country in Missouri. On our Thanksgiving 2003 trip, we stopped at Brian's favorite winery, The Hermannhof Winery. In addition to being a very nice winery, they also have a German deli inside. We stopped for a bit of cheese, bread, and sausage before making our wine purchase and heading past St. Louis to Indy.


Mississippi River

Missouri River

On our trip back from Indianapolis, we crossed the Mississippi River (at St. Louis) and the Missouri River a couple of different times. The Missouri River photo was taken outside of Hermann at dusk.

We were back in Hermann on the Thanksgiving 2004 road trip.  Fall is a lovely time to visit Hermann.


This time we were with the folks and we stopped at the Stone Hill winery for a tour.  The winery was originally a winery that closed during Prohibition.  Before the current owners restored the grounds as a winery, the underground cellars were used to grow mushrooms.
Top: The oak barrels Stone Hill uses to age their wines.

Bottom: One of the original casks used at the winery.  A nearly abbey bought the cask once Prohibition began and used it to age their sacramental wines.


Tools of the trade:  Left - a press

Below left: Champagne bottle rack
Below center: bottle corker
Below right: wine press

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