Number of Wineries on the Rise in Missouri
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) - Missouri has a long history of winemaking, and a number of new wineries are now seeking to add to that legacy.
The Southeast Missourian reports that 30 new wineries have opened in Missouri in the past two years. That brings to 99 the number of wineries in the state.
Missouri was the nation's second-largest wine producer, behind New York, before Prohibition. The state experienced a rebirth of wineries in the 1960s, and the growth has increased markedly in recent years.
The Missouri Wine and Grape Board helps markets the wineries. One effort allows wine lovers to earn points during winery visits that can be redeemed for prizes.
The board also has begun research aimed at developing better grape hybrids and new varieties better suited to Missouri's climate.