Traveling in Our Fabulous Gay World: Hermann, Missouri: A Very Interesting Town, Part Two

Published Date Author: , October 21st, 2014
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Hermann, Mo. has several wineries in the area. Here is some very important history on Hermann and the wineries:

Hermann BarrelsIn 1837 a band of German settlers from Philadelphia arrived at the site of their new colony expecting a land of milk and honey. Instead, they stepped off the last steamboat of the season into a howling wilderness. Inspired by the tangles of wild vines that covered the craggy hillsides, the resourceful Germans planted grapes and began making wine.

This golden era came to an abrupt and bitter end in 1919 with passage of the Volstead Act. Prohibition was an unmitigated disaster for Hermann, which like the rest of Missouri felt the full fury of the temperance movement. Hatchet-wielding Carry Nation was from neighboring Kansas, where Civil War animosity still ran high. Local lore has it that the streets ran red as wine barrels were emptied and then destroyed. Even the vineyards were uprooted. A renaissance began in 1965 when Stone Hill Winery reopened 30 years after the repeal of Prohibition. Today, Missouri is home to dozens of wineries.

Hermannhof WineryOur favorite wineries were Hermannhof Winery, Stone Hill Winery and OakGlenn Winery. Hermannhof Winery, is the only winery located in historic downtown near museums, shops, restaurants and is just one block from the Amtrak station. Their ten stone cellars and charming brick superstructure are among the 100 early Hermann buildings placed on the National Register of Historic places.

All of the cellars are still utilized in wine production of it’s own estate wines. Here the wine continues to improve with age until it is dispatched to bring joy to connoisseurs. Paul LeRoy is the General Manager and does a splendid job. He knows the wine-making process from start to finish. They offer wine tours and tasting daily and also have live entertainment in their back patio with dining options.

Stone Hill WineryStone Hill Winery, Stone Hill Winery in Hermann is one of Missouri’s top tourist attractions and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With a commanding view of the town, the 13 acre complex consists of the stately main building built in 1869, inviting gift shop, 165-year-old arched underground cellars, a fine restaurant and state-of-the-art production facilities that produce over 260,000 gallons of wine.

Dave Johnson is the Senior Winemaker. If at all possible have him as your guide for their wine tours. He is extremely knowledgeable about wine. Nick Pehle is the Vineyard Manager who is extremely professional and knows everything about the vineyards. His wife, Stephanie is the Director of Marketing for Stone Hill.

We had dinner one evening with them at the Vintage 1847 Restaurant which is steps away from the Winery and is part of Stone Hill. It is fine dining at it’s best. They have a wonderful selection of German entrees and their Black Forest cake, German Chocolate pie and Apple Strudel for dessert was to die for! But the best treat was dining with Nick and Stephanie who are a very charming, interesting and fun couple.

Oak GlennOakGlenn Winery, OakGlenn Vineyards & Winery is situated high on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. One of the first things you’ll encounter when visiting them is the breathtaking views of the river valley. It is called, LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Live entertainment is featured on their outdoor patio or stage most Saturday and Sunday evenings starting in May and running through November. Oktoberfest concert events take place every weekend in October. Owners Carol and Glenn Warnebold are there everyday making sure that everyone has a great time.

A couple of other wineries to visit are the Adam Puchta Winery, and the Robller Winery, All of the wineries offer wine tours, wine tasting and on site food. They are open daily and all year long.

For a special treat, take the Hermann Wine Trail, which is produced by Patty Held. Check them out at

For a very special dining experience in Hermann, be SURE and dine at least once at THE COTTAGE Restaurant and Studio,

Cheese and WineThey are located a couple of miles south of downtown and certainly well worth the trip. They feature fresh, homemade food with local wines and beer. Nestled on a bluff just outside the quaint town of Hermann, The Cottage Restaurant and Studio offers a retreat “away from it all.” Sit inside surrounded by works of local artists or relax outside surrounded by the beauty of nature. They make almost everything from scratch–sauces, soups, dressings, desserts, entrees – and prepare everything there on the premises. They serve lunch 11 to 2 and dinner 5 to 8 and have a marvelous Sunday Brunch from 8:30 to 2. Mary Brennell is the owner and a real jewel as are the entire staff, especially our server Chris.

The Inn at Hermannhof in downtown Hermann, has about a dozen places for weddings, reunions, corporate events. Be sure and visit the Tin Mill Brewery, for wonderful beer and the best Pizza in the entire Midwest. Their Midnight Whistle beer which is a full-bodied dark beer with a malty aroma and a well-balanced blend of roasted malts and hops, we think is the best in the country.

The Tin Mill Restaurant across the street is a must for dining while you are in Hermann. Wonderful food in a very historical setting, it is the perfect place to dine. Chef John prepares the finest of entrees. We had dinner there one evening for a very special dinner party and it was very special with the fun and interesting dinner companions from the Inn of the Hermannhof.

A special thank you to Julee Baldridge for her assistance while we were visiting Hermann.

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Donald and RayTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at and visit their website at

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Traveling in Our Fabulous Gay World: Hermann, Missouri: A Very Interesting Town, Part Two - Gravatar Traveling in Our Fabulous Gay World: Hermann, Missouri: A Very Interesting Town, Part Two said on October 21, 2014, 7:39 pm:

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Carol Warnebold - Gravatar Carol Warnebold said on October 23, 2014, 8:18 am:

It was a wonderful, special opportunity visiting with you.
Thank you for giving us the pleasure to meet you and share a few brief moments in time.


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