Community Interest

Hoffmann Set to Acquire Mt. Pleasant Estates

The Hoffmann Family of Companies is set to acquire Mount Pleasant Estates, its sixth Missouri vineyard, through a signed Letter of Intent, adding to the 700 + acres that have already been purchased in the area.

Established in 1859 with buildings dating back to the 1820’s, Mount Pleasant Estates is the oldest winery in the Augusta Appellation. Rich in history, the Muench brothers built their first cellar here in 1881 using wood and limestone from the area. These cellars are still used today to age Mount Pleasant’s estate-bottled wines and international award-winning Augusta Ports, the 1986 Vintage Port being the only Missouri wine to ever take the gold medal at the International Wine and Spirit Awards in London.

The winery today in Augusta grows 9 grape varieties on 125 acres. Visitors enjoy spectacular views overlooking the Missouri River Valley from one of the 25,000 square-foot estate buildings or terrace of the 4,000 square-foot tasting room. There is year-round entertainment including cellar tours, wine classes, winemaker dinners, holiday-themed events and more. Augusta, MO also celebrates a bicentennial anniversary this year, as it recognizes the date that President Monroe awarded property to the original town settler, Leonard Harold, on Sept. 24, 1821.

The upcoming acquisition of Mount Pleasant Estates adds to the growing portfolio of wineries and vineyards recently purchased by the Hoffmann Family of Companies which now encompasses Balducci Vineyards, Augusta Wine Company and Montelle Winery, Knoernschild Vineyards, Washington Vines and 13 buildings in downtown Augusta. The vision of the Hoffmanns, through their $100million investment, is to create a world class destination much like that of Napa Valley and Sonoma. Plans for the area include wine trolley tours, steamboat cruises, horse and buggy rides, a 12-hole championship golf course, luxury hotel and spa, downtown shops, fine dining and more.

“We are excited to be adding Mount Pleasant Estates to our company. The wines are world class and the location is very special. We see great potential for added growth and exposure of Augusta through all our acquisitions and Mount Pleasant fits perfectly in this plan,” says David Hoffmann.

mountpleasant-trellis cropped smaller.jpgA beautiful view from Mount Pleasant Estates.