Stone Hill Tries to Keep Wine From Drivers
Tour guide Christy Conway leads visitors through the cellars of Stone Hill Winery in Hermann. Conway eventually takes them into a tasting room, where she transforms from tour guide to bartender.
The winery wants people to drink their wine... But not too much of it. Stone Hill wants to keep too much of their wine from getting into the hands of drivers. When you come here, you can only buy one cold bottle of wine per person. Stone Hill is one winery that does not take part in Octoberfest.
"Around 1999, the crowds became very large... Almost unmanageable," said Stone Hill Winery's Patty Held-Uthlaut.
But the city doesn't seem too worried about extra visitors making the roads more dangerous.
"We're not here to see how many people we can arrest. We're here to help people within reason have a good time and enjoy the beautiful community," Hermann City Administrator Steve Mueller said.
Wine tasters at Stone Hill have their own drinking and driving philosophies.
"Me and my friend, we got together, we both enjoy wines and we both enjoy touring wineries. We switch off and on as to who is the one that's driving that time and who gets to taste," wine taster Heather Dellerman explained.
Stone Hill Winery estimates more than 10,000 people will come and try their wine during Octoberfest. Hermann City officials say only one driver was ticketed for drinking and driving last weekend. They say most of their problems are from traffic and crowd control.