September 08, 2009

Enthusiasts Hit the Road for Missouri Wines

As summer months fade away and the cool fall days linger ahead, Missouri wineries are amid their harvesting season and are gearing up for fall crowds ready to enjoy Missouri's local wines. September and October is the time of year when Missouri's over 90 wineries host celebrations across the state. Nearly one million people visit Missouri wineries each year.

Two communities known for great Missouri wines will host wine lovers, cyclist fans and spectators along the Tour of Missouri professional cyclist circuit today through Sunday, Sept. 13. During stages two and four of the race, cyclists and fans will see the beautiful wine country of both Ste. Genevieve and St. James regions. Fans will also be able to experience all that Missouri wines have to offer at each stage of the race at the VIP hospitality areas. Missouri wines and juices will be poured exclusively at each start and finish city.

"September is the time of year that kicks off fall celebrations for many Missouri wineries. The race is another opportunity for visitors to see what Missouri wine country has to offer," said Jim Anderson, Executive Director of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board. "Wineries support local community's economies in many ways. Most cities with wineries also have bed and breakfasts', craft and antique shops and other local attractions for their visitors. It is important that Missouri wineries take every opportunity to promote their industry to Missourians and those visiting their communities."

No matter what part of the state you are in, you can find a Missouri winery to stop for a sample and enjoy the state's beautiful, diverse scenery. Novice and seasoned wine enthusiasts can enjoy the ambiance of Missouri's wine experience by touring one of the state's five wine trails. To locate a trail and begin an adventure near you, visit