Established in 1847, Stone Hill is Missouri's oldest winery. Founded by German immigrants, it grew to be the nation's second largest winery and is estimated to have been the third largest in the world. Pre-Prohibition, Stone Hill Winery was an international favorite that went on to win eight prestigious gold medals from World's Fairs between 1873-1915. This includes their Norton winning "Best Red of All Nations" at the Vienna World Fair in 1873, directly showcasing the potential for fine winemaking with American heritage grape varietals.
Stone Hill Winery and the whole Missouri wine industry was shuttered by Prohibition and anti-German sentiment following World War I; all the vines were removed and the cellars were emptied. A few years later, Stone Hill’s cellars, which are the largest series of underground cellars in North America, were converted to mushroom farming that would last until the 1960s. In 1965, Jim and Betty Held reopened Stone Hill Winery and reestablished the Missouri wine industry. The Norton grape, which had made Stone Hill famous prior to Prohibition, was thought to be lost to history until 1965 when the Helds began making wine from it again after discovering vines on a nearby farm. It continues to be Stone Hill Winery’s flagship to this day.
Stone Hill Winery is dedicated to producing American heritage and hybrid wines that are of the highest quality and exemplify their region, celebrate their history, and continue their legacy of leading great winemaking in Missouri. With Jon and Karen Held now leading the family business, Stone Hill continues to be awarded top regional, national, and international awards for their unique wines.