The Missouri Rhine Valley Association will hold its “Building a Bridge From Farm to Table” event Saturday, Sept 7, in Hermann, in the heart of the Missouri Rhine Valley.

The day will begin with a train ride on Amtrak from Kirkwood Station to Hermann.

A pre-boarding continental breakfast will be served featuring assorted scones from Hummingbird Kitchen. Upon arrival in Hermann, guests will board a private coach and have the opportunity to tour the nation’s oldest family-owned winery, Adam Puchta.

Tim Puchta will debut the winery’s newest vintage complemented by creations by Chef Eddy Neill of Dubliner (St. Louis) and Café Provencal (Kirkwood). Chef Neill will compose pairings for “The First Taste,” which will feature a variety of foods sourced from Missouri Rhine Valley producers.

Guests will then enjoy a private tour of Deutschheim, a Missouri state historical site. Site administrator Cindy Browne will direct the tour.

The history of “Little Germany on the Missouri” will come alive. View collections of priceless heirlooms, tour the historic four-square garden and catch a glimpse of German life as it was in the 1800s.

A selection of four locally produced Norton wines will be offered. Chef Neill will be serving a box lunch, highlighting meats, cheese and vegetables grown in the region.

A trip across the Missouri River will take guests to the McKittrick Mercantile. The “Merk” is on the National Register of Historic Places. Joey Loos and Rick Lauer will extend their hospitality to the group.

Prior to dinner, a cocktail hour on the patio will feature the newest area stars: the distillers and microbrewers.

Chef Neill will delight with a grand meal featuring: Le Grande Aioli; his main course, choucroute of birds; followed by a traditional German dessert tart. Local wines will complement each course.

Spaces are limited.

For ticket prices, which include all transportation, and more details, visit

A reduced cost is available for people coming from the Washington area who opt to drive to Hermann rather than take the train.

In the lower left-hand corner is the payment link and a downloadable PDF with the full itinerary. The deadline to reserve a space is Aug. 28.

For more information, people may call Mary Beth Rettke at the Washington Chamber of Commerce, 636-239-2715, extension 101, or

About MRVA

What and where is the Missouri Rhine Valley? It’s the heart of Missouri Wine Country, the area along the Missouri River between St. Charles and Hermann. It includes the two most historic wine towns in the state — Augusta and Hermann — and the first American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the entire country.

Early German settlers chose this valley along the Missouri River because it reminded them of the Rhine River valley in Germany. That German heritage is still strong today and is reflected in many festivals and events throughout the area.

The Missouri Rhine Valley Association (MRVA) encompasses parts of five counties along the Missouri River: Montgomery, Gasconade, Franklin, Warren and St. Charles.

The MRVA was formed to bring together artisans, food producers, hospitality and tourism professionals, local governments, wineries, vineyards, retailers who carry local products, and other entrepreneurs in the region.

The MRVA’s mission is to market, preserve and enhance heritage, culture and tourism through agricultural products, foods, wines, arts, crafts and historic sites.