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Missouri Wine Pioneer Jim Held Dies

November 12, 2019

Early in the wine revival in Missouri in the mid-1960s, Jim and Betty Ann Held bought the Stone Hill Winery property and made a commitment to preserve the historic property, to restore the main winery building, and to clean out the eight mushroom cellars that previously housed barrels of wine. They moved their family of four children into the second floor of the former winery office building and started to plant more vineyards. The original Stone Hill Winery in Hermann, MO dates back to 1847. After the Civil War, it became the second largest winery in the country, producing over 1,000,000 gallons a year, and Stone Hill wines won eight gold medals at various world fairs and expositions between 1873 and 1904 ...