The Missouri Winery Passport Program offers the opportunity to find new and interesting destinations. The increase in new wineries in Missouri has created a fabulous activity for day and weekend travelers to discover small and unique craft style wineries. Visiting the many family owned and operated establishments is like being welcomed into private homes and getting a glimpse of life on a vineyard and farm.
This past winter we have taken several trips through Missouri wine country to see how other wineries present their product, organize their tasting room and create their own ambiance. Wow, this was fun! I am always impressed with the time and individual care that is given every visitor. Yes, most wineries now charge for tasting, but it is $5 well spent. Most small wineries give generous amounts of wine for tasting, offer 5 or more wines to taste and tell marvelous stories and entertain their guests answering questions and making friends.
In our quest for information on the wine business we have also traveled to other regions of the world to taste and experience their wines. From Rhode Island to Nebraska and Georgia to Napa and Carmel, we have seen wineries large and small. In England, France, Germany and recently in Argentina we have walked the vineyards met the winemakers and toured the cellars. We never tire of the stories and learning more about the local wine culture. These entertaining experiences always have fees and expectations attached to them.
One thing we have determined in our travels is that Missouri wineries easily compete with those around the world by offering a wide range of great wine at a tremendous value. Join the thousands of wine enthusiasts that travel the back roads and by-ways to visit charming and diverse family owned wineries. What a great opportunity the Passport program offers. Participants visit wineries, have some fun, make some friends and even earn rewards. This successful program has attracted people from many other states to enjoy our wine trails in American’s First Wine Country, Missouri.