The first wine facility of Mt. Pleasant Winery was started in Augusta, Missouri in 1859 by two brothers from Germany, George and Frederick Muench. They established Mount Pleasant Winery as commercial wine business to create excellent wines in the region. The Muench brothers built the cellars in 1881 using limestone and wood from the area. These cellars are still in use today to age winery’s estate-bottled wines and internationally acclaimed Augusta Ports. In the early days, Mount Pleasant not only planted grape varieties but also maintained apple orchards. The winery was forced to close down when the Prohibition was enacted in 1920. The winemaking equipments were destroyed and the vineyards were set on fire.
Mount Pleasant was reopened as a winery in 1966 when Lucian Dressel and his wife purchased the property. The vineyard have been replanted with self-rooted vines and classic grafted European varieties. Mount Pleasant was then turned into a popular destination when it started to produce award-winning wines. In 1980, Augusta was chosen from among wine-growing districts in the country to be the first government-appointed wine-growing district in America. Mount Pleasant today is the most established winery in Augusta. The winery comprises 78 acres that grows 12 grape varieties. For the last two decades, the winery has won numerous prestigious awards and achieved high ratings for its wine.
Visitors to the Mount Pleasant Winery in Augusta can enjoy wine tasting in the spacious 4,000 square-foot tasting room and for sipping wine on the terrace with panoramic views of the Missouri River Valley. The winery entertain visitors year round including wine classes, cellar tours, winemaker dinners, holiday-themed events and more. In 2009, the pioneer in producing the best wine in the region, celebrated its 150th anniversary.
In April 2008, Mount Pleasant Winery opened a second location, a 9,200-square-foot bottling plant in Branson, Missouri. The beautiful ledge stone building of Mount Pleasant Winery in Branson offers clients the opportunity to shop, sample Mount Pleasant’s award-winning wines and a chance to bottle their own wine from a 600-galoon French oak barrel. With the celebration of the 150th anniversary and to provide enhancement to patrons, Mount Pleasant Winery in Augusta was changed to Mount Pleasant Estates in 2009. The winery’s location in Branson remains the same as Mount Pleasant Winery.
Some wines of Mount Pleasant that received awards and accolades include the Cabernet Sauvignon American NV (soft and jammy, with raisin, plum, and a light toasty finish); Vignoles Missouri 2009 (clean and soft with off-dry green plum and peach notes); and Merlot America NV (soft and lighty jammy, with plum, cherry and toasty vanilla notes backed by a light raisined hint on the finish). Mount Pleasant Winery is proud to be a smoke free environment and offers exceptional customer service. The winery offers visitors a chance to experience and discover the processing of the award-winning wines.
If you want to know how the wine making business started in Augusta, Missouri, visit the Mount Pleasant Winery in Branson and experience a wine tasting of its award-winning wines
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