Located in the German settled town of Hermann, Missouri is the oldest continuously run family winery in the United States. Adam Puchta's story began in 1839 when Adam's father emigrated the family from Bavaria to Hermann. Fast forward to 1855 when after coming back home from California's gold rush, Adam set up shop and began making wines from his father's wild grapes and grapes from his father's vineyard, naming it Adam Puchta & Son Wine Co.
The winery flourished until Prohibition hit in 1919. Wine making was the major crop in the Hermann region and the area took a huge hit. Family land was divided and sold off as a way to make ends meet. After Prohibition ended, there were still laws in place that would not allow for wine making as a business.
With perseverance for tradition, family and wine, Timothy Puchta (Adam's great great grandson) along with his father Randolph began making plans to reopen in 1989. By 1990 that dream became a reality and Adam Puchta Winery was once again selling wine.
Adam Puchta Winery offers 3 different wine tastings. For the best bargain, try the Complete Wine Tasting for $10.00 per person. You will work your way through 16 wines and a few of them will be paired with flavored shortbread cookies to enhance your tasting experience. You will receive a 10% discount on a single bottle purchase.
Offering everything from dry to sweet wines and everything in between, there will be a wine to please everyone. The most popular wine is Adam's Choice. It is a semi-sweet Germanic style wine that pairs well with cheese, fruit and crackers. This would be a perfect pick for a summer picnic as it is not overly sweet.
The Norton varietal is the Missouri state grape. Adam Puchta utilizes this grape in 4 of their wines. Each wine is made using different methods and aging techniques. Your palate will teach you how different each one can be even though the wines are made using the same grape.
The town of Hermann hosts 5 different wine trail events throughout the year with preselected food and wine pairings. As this is a German settled town, Oktoberfest runs the first 4 weekends of October. Plan in advance for Oktoberfest as lodging sells out far in advance.