Situated in the heart of Missouri’s growing wine region, Augusta is a small town with amazing charm. While Augusta may only be home to around 300 permanent residents, it ranks as one of the most popular areas for travel. Boasting wineries, restaurants, accommodations, antiques, boutiques and a brewery, it welcomes thousands of travelers each year. Recognized as the first American Viticultural Area in the United States in 1980, beating out Napa Valley, Augusta has certainly made a name for itself.
Originally founded in 1836, this once unheard of destination now caters to wine lovers from around the world .Only 35 miles from St. Louis, it is an ideal location for a weekend retreat or a weeklong getaway from the city. A small and tight knit community, Augusta offers visitors the opportunity to just relax and enjoy nature and agriculture at its finest. From the Katy Trail, the longest Rails to Trails project in the nation, to the nearby Louis and Clark Trail, hiking and biking are a popular way to enjoy the region. Other popular things to do including natural areas, farms and farm festivals and events, historic museums and attractions including state parks and local parks, spas, shopping and dining represent some of the many other ways to relax. By far the most popular sites and activities in the region relate to the wineries and breweries for which it is famous.
- The Augusta Brewing Company is a micro brewery offering events and fine dining experiences.
- The Augusta Winery and Beer Garden was established in 1988 and grows and bottles award winning wine. Throughout the summer visitors can enjoy tasting or even a stroll around the garden or live entertainment in summer.
- Bluemenhof Vineyards and Winery is a German themed winery which welcomes visitors.
- Chanlder Hill Vineyards is recognized as one of the most historic and renowned wineries in the region.
- Louis P Balducci Vineyards offers free wine tasting, food, bocce courts and is the Readers Choice winner for 7 years in the Washington Missourian.
- Montelle Winery is 400 feet above the picturesque Missouri River Valley and is open year round serving award winning wine and food pairings.
- Mount Pleasant Winery features daily tastings and tours of the cellars throughout the summer.
- Noboleis Vineyards is open daily and offers award winning wines and stunning views.
- Old Dutch Hotel and Tavern is located downtown and is a hotel and historic tavern.
- Sugar Creek Winery is located on the Katy Trail and offers music on weekends throughout the summer and fine wines.
- Yellow Farmhouse Winery is considered one of Missouri’s finest small wineries and makes 13 fine wines.