The Lake has seen a renaissance in craft wineries over the last decade. Scenic beauty paired with fine wine and gourmet food make for a memorable experience regardless of the season. Touring the Lake of the Ozarks Wine trail is a fun way to spend an afternoon, day or even an entire weekend.
Missouri is known for its rich heritage as a wine producing state. The area became known as “Missouri Rhineland” referring to its similarities to that region in Germany and the influence of the German immigrants on the industry in the 1800s.
In the mid-1880s, more wine was produced by volume in Missouri than in any other state. Due to prohibition and the growth of the California wine industry, Missouri wineries today tend to be small and more focused on crafting their wine in the old world traditions.
The wine throughout the state is among the best in the world and because scarcity, it’s also one of the best kept secrets. Missouri’s wine industry has grown into an attraction in its own right and complements an already thriving tourism industry.