Six Southeast Missouri wineries have joined together to create Missouri’s newest wine trail – Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail – and the group is planning a number of enjoyable events to enhance the appeal of the region as a winery destination.
Wineries on the trail include three in Perry County – The Barrens Winery in Perryville, Hemman Winery in Brazeau and Tower Rock Vineyard and Winery in Altenburg – and three in northern Cape Girardeau County – Rothbrick Winery in Jackson, Hunter Valley Winery in Cape Girardeau and Apple Creek Winery in Friedheim, which plans to open in November.
“The six wineries are alike in that we all are family owned and operated, but each has its unique appeal. Together we offer a diversity of experiences and wines, from dry and semidry varieties to sweet and fruity offerings. Among the six of the wineries, there’s something for everyone,” said Bonnie Hemman, co-owner of Hemman Winery and original organizer of the trail.
Hemman serves as president of the group. Officers include Nancy Hadler of Tower Rock Vineyard and Winery as secretary and Julie Huber of The Barrens Winery as treasurer.
The trail’s first event, “A Taste of the Holidays,” is scheduled 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10 and 11. Each of the six wineries will offer a fine wine perfectly paired with a savory holiday treat, ranging from cheese fondue to glazed meatballs to desserts. Event tickets are now available at each of the wineries. A ticket purchased in advance is $20, and $25 if purchased the days of the event; a ticket for a designated driver is only $15. Ticket price includes a souvenir wine glass, while supplies last.
Participants can start the trail event at any of the six wineries, and those who have their ticket stamped at all six wineries during the two days are entered to win a lavish gift basket.
“We invite folks to kick off the holiday season with an event that allows them to visit six wineries over two days’ time to sample a variety of wines, delicious foods and a range of experiences,” Hemman said.
Mississippi River Hills Wine Trail is Missouri’s eighth wine trail. It winds 40 miles, from the center of Perry County southward through northern Cape Girardeau County. While there is beautiful scenery to behold, the trail has easy access to U.S. Interstate 55 and U.S. Highway 61 and is only 75 miles south of St. Louis and less than 10 miles north of Cape Girardeau. Information about the trail is available at www.mississippiriverhillswinetrail.com.