by William Fields
36.000 x 24.000 inches
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This scene is in the aging cellars at Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, Missouri. Nestled among the rolling hillsides of the Missouri River, in a countryside reminiscent of Germany's Rhine Valley, is the little town of Hermann. Perched prominently on one of these hills, with a commanding view of the village, is Stone Hill Winery.
Established in 1847, Stone Hill grew to be the second largest winery in the United States. The wines were world renowned, winning gold medals in eight world's fairs, including Vienna in 1873 and Philadelphia in 1876. By the turn of the century, the winery was shipping 1,250,000 gallons of wine per year.
"Unfortunately, the advent of Prohibition in 1920 destroyed the wine industry in Missouri, and the winery's spectacular arched, underground cellars, the largest series of vaulted cellars in America, were used for growing mushrooms."
In 1965, with their four small children in tow, Jim and Betty Held bought the winery and began the long process of restoring its picturesque buildings and vaulted underground cellars, which had fallen into disrepair after Prohibition. Today, Stone Hill is Missouri's oldest and most awarded winery, frequently winning gold medals against prestigious California and International wineries. In 2011, Stone Hill produced 260,000 gallons of wine, using state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology.
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February 13th, 2013
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