The very first AVA (American Viticultural Area) to be named in the United States was Augusta, Missouri. Even before Napa Valley. Augusta is about 45 minutes outside of St. Louis and the location of our interview with Montelle Winery and Augusta Winery owner Tony Kooyumjian. Tony is a former commercial airline pilot and that alone makes for some great stories. We met with Tony at the Montelle Winery on a fantastically warm day in November to chat about Missouri wine and how a pilot became a winemaker.

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Written by Ray Fister

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