While the fields of Missouri are generally associated with corn and soybeans, the eastern bluffs above the Missouri River valley are home to a different crop. Thanks to Ozarks soil and a climate ideal for growing grapes, Augusta and its surrounding villages are ripe with wineries boasting white varietals like Chardonel and Vignoles, and rich Chambourcin reds. Augusta became the first federally recognized American Viticultural Area in 1980 and the region now features almost a dozen wineries.
Enjoy Noboleis Vineyardsâ€™ signature Noboleis Blanc or the sweetness of Montelle Wineryâ€™s Stone House Red. Blumenhof Winery, meanwhile, was awarded the Governorâ€™s Cup for Best Missouri Wine at the 2011 Missouri Wine Competition.Â
Pine Oak Creek RV Park is located just south of Augusta in Villa Ridge, and KOAâ€™s Historic Route 66 Campground is in nearby Eureka.Â
For more information on Augustaâ€™s wineries, visit www.missouriwinecountry.com/augusta.