Augusta, Missouri
The Augusta AVA is located in eastern central Missouri; it was the first AVA, established in 1980. This is a very small zone, covering only 15 square miles at a bend in the Missouri River. Vineyards are at lower elevations near the river; soils are often river silt. This area has wine roots that date back to the 1860s, as Missouri was one of the most prominent wine states prior to the Civil War. Today, hybrid grapes, such as Vidal, Chambourcin, Norton and Seyval Blanc dominate the plantings, while there is also a bit of Chardonnay. The best examples of Norton have excellent richness, medium-weight tannins and are structured for several years of aging. (Wine/Appellations)