Are you looking to experience the best that native American and French-American hybrids have to offer? Then you should start your search in Missouri!
Missouri wineries are known for placing a heavy emphasis on history and tradition and continue to pay as much, or more, attention to native American and French-American hybrids as they do to vitis vinifera varieties.
Missouri is known for its success with Norton as well as Chambourcin, Chardonnel, and Seyval Blanc. Missouri has also started having some success with grapes such as Riesling and Cabernet Franc.
Missouri wineries are scattered throughout the state with dozens of wineries conveniently located near the metropolitan areas of Springfield, St. Louis, and Kansas City.
Tours typically last from 30 to 60 minutes per tour and they are well worth your time to check out the different ones. Each one has their own flavors, beauty, and charm to experience.
What is even more awesome is that most wineries offer free samples of their wines when you go through a tour as well. Some do more formal tasting events as well. The tours are extremely interesting and fun to do too. They aren't just there to sample the wine that you're looking forward to but are actually very informative and you get to meet a lot of like-minded people usually that are also doing the tour. It's always nice to a fellow wine lover! - Be sure to call ahead if you are planning on doing a tour at one of the wineries or vineyards though to check on availability since many of them get very busy during season.