It’s the time of year when flowers are starting to bloom and there is a gentle spring breeze – and it’s the perfect time to enjoy all that the wine district, or Historic Missouri Wine Country, in St. Charles County has to offer. I’ve talked to residents throughout the county about the area, and many have no idea this is in their “backyard”! From wineries to County parks and trails, historic sites and unique events, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
The wine district in southwest St. Charles County is the oldest in the country and the fifth largest in the United States. If that’s not impressive enough, in 1980, the federal government designated the first American Viticultural Area in Augusta. You don’t need to travel to Napa Valley to enjoy gorgeous vineyards and great wine! Spring is a terrific time to visit as the land and trees turn green and the vines sprout their first grapes of the season. Historic Missouri Wine Country features a list of wineries, restaurants, shops and area events and attractions, as does the St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau.
While you are taking in wine country, be sure to stop by our County parks:
- The Historic Daniel Boone Home in Defiance features affordable daily guided tours of the house for individuals and groups. Lindenwood University donated the home and surrounding property to the people of St. Charles County in 2016, and it is now free for visitors to walk the grounds and even enjoy a picnic lunch on the property.
- Not far from the Boone Home is Matson Hill Park. If you like a rugged hiking experience, this is the place to go. The park has become the area’s top hiking and biking destination, with 475 acres of heavily forested parkland with 6 miles of natural surface trails.
- Klondike Park in Augusta has become a favorite destination for its scenic views and variety of amenities. The park features more than 4 miles of natural and paved trails, access to the Katy Trail, and boat access to the Missouri River. At the center of the former silica sand quarry is a beautiful fishing lake surrounded by a white sand shore. Visitors can hike to the top of the park’s bluff to get a spectacular view of the Missouri River. The park is also a prime camping destination, with campsites and cabins available to rent at a minimal cost.
These parks have numerous events during the spring and throughout the year. Check out the Parks calendar or online reservation site to stay up-to-date.
I hope to see you in the beautiful rolling hills of Historic Missouri Wine Country this spring!