The first facility of Mount Pleasant Winery was established in Augusta, Missouri in 1859 by two brothers George and Frederick Muench from Germany. These brothers opened the first wine facility as commercial wine business so they can create excellent wines in the region. These two brothers built the cellars in 1881 using wood and limestone near the area where the facility was first established. These cellars are still in use today to age winery’s internationally acclaimed Augusta Ports and its estate-bottled wines. The winery did not only plant a variety of grapes in the early days, they also maintained apple orchards. The winery was forced to close down in 1920 on the enactment of the Prohibition. All the wine making equipments were destroyed and the vineyards were set on fire.
In 1966, Mount Pleasant Winery was reopened when Lucian Dressel and his wife purchased the property. The vineyard was replanted with self-rooted vines and classic grafted European varieties. The facility became a popular tourist destination after they have produced award-winning wines. In 1980, Augusta was chosen to be the first government-appointed wine-growing district in the US from among wine-growing districts in the region. Today, the facility is the most established winery in Augusta. The winery won numerous prestigious awards for the last two decades and has achieved high ratings for its wine products.
The wine facility in Augusta grows 12 varieties of grape in 78-acre property. Inside the facility, you can have the chance to enjoy wine tasting in the spacious 4,000 square-foot tasting room and enjoy panoramic views of the Missouri River on the terrace while sipping wine. Mount Pleasant Winery can be visited at any time of year if you are interested to participate in wine classes, cellar tours, holiday themed events and more. In 2009, this pioneer wine maker in the region, celebrated its 150th anniversary.
In April 2008, the second location with 9,200-square-foot bottling plant was opened in Branson, Missouri. This beautiful building in Branson offers clients the opportunity to shop and bottle their own wine from a 600-gallon French oak barrel, and a chance to get a sample of its award-winning wines. During the 150th anniversary celebration of the winery in 2009 in Augusta, the name Mount Pleasant Winery was changed to Mount Pleasant Estates while the second location in Branson remains the same.
Mount Pleasant Winery in Branson offers exceptional customer service with daily wine tasting and tours to the facility. The winery also offers Wine 101 classes, where you will know the intricacies of wine tasting and a chance to learn how to pair wines with food. There will be class fee of $15 per person for Wine 101 Class which is scheduled on Wednesdays and Saturdays. This winery in Branson offers visitors to experience and discover the processing of its award-winning wines.
Your visit to Mount Pleasant Winery in Branson will let you learn how to appreciate different kinds of wines and learn how to pair wines with food when you participate in wine tasting class.
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