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WINE FINDS

Stone Hill Winery celebrates 175 years

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Stone Hill 2017 Norton

If you’d like to join Stone Hill Winery’s 175th anniversary party, plan a trip to Hermann on June 11. Missouri’s oldest winery, founded in 1847, will be hosting a jubilee event from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. that features live music, barbecue, barrel making demonstrations, free guided tours and even the release of a limited-edition cream sherry with only 912 bottles available.

The winery has quite a history to celebrate. It was once the second-largest winery in the United States and won eight World Fair Gold Medals in the late 1800s. Stone Hill stopped making wine when prohibition hit in the 1920s, but it didn’t give up. Instead, it began using its labyrinth of wine cellars to grow white cap mushrooms distributed in the Midwest.

In 1965, Jim and Betty Held reestablished the estate as a winery and were pioneers in bringing the Missouri wine industry back to life. The winery remains owned and operated by the second and third generation of the Held family. Over the years it has won numerous accolades including being named the best Midwest winery in 2022 by Midwest Living magazine. The following is an example of one of Stone Hill’s award-winning Norton wines.

Stone Hill Winery 2017 Norton, Hermann, MissouriBought • Starrs, 1135 South Big Bend Boulevard, in May for $18.99

Description • A great vintage Norton wine, this rich and robust red was awarded best of class in the native wine category at the 2020 American Wine Society Competition. The society is the largest consumer-based wine organization in the U.S. Aged for 12 months in French, Hungarian and American oak barrels, this Norton is dry, complex and full-bodied with ripe tannins. It’s an alluring deep purple wine that’s a little earthy and tastes of blackberries and other dark fruit with spicy notes. It’s a very flavorful wine that calls for hearty foods including game, beef and barbecued meats.

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