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Mid-Missouri Wine Trails offer fun, adventurous getaways

Norton Grapes are the official grape of Missouri.

Norton Grapes are the official grape of Missouri.

The winemaking industry in Missouri has been around for more than a century and a half with a brief interruption during Prohibition and the years following.

Revitalized in the 1960s, the industry has placed Missouri among the top 10 wine-producing states and contributes more than $1 billion to the Missouri economy.

Missouri grapes create wine that wins domestic and international competitions, rivaling that of California and the well-known varietals of Europe.

Five wine trails traverse Missouri’s rolling hills, providing a glimpse into the history of the industry, the science behind the winemaking and a tasting experience that is both educational and enjoyable.

More well-known areas for wine tasting like Hermann and Augusta recently have added new features, giving visitors new sights and tastes.

Other wineries and vineyards exist throughout the state and can be found off the beaten path as little as 45 miles away from the Jefferson City area. These wineries provide unique experiences to taste wines made from limited edition wine stock, and to meet owners and winemakers.

Read details about Mid-Missouri wine trails and wineries in our newspaper or e-Edition for Sunday, June 12, 2011. Newspaper subscribers: Click on an e-Edition article and use your current account information to log in at no extra charge. For help, e-mail circ@newstribune.com

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