Many people are unaware of Missouri’s rich wine heritage. An influx of German and Italian immigrants helped build the winemaking tradition in Missouri, the second-largest in the nation before prohibition killed the industry. Following a resurgence in the 1960′s Missouri ranks 10th in wine production today with nearly 100 wineries and vineyards scattered across the state.
Established in 1847, Stone Hill Winery is Missouri’s oldest and most awarded winery, producing world-class vintages at locations in Hermann, New Florence, and Branson Missouri.
Although their Branson location does not include a vineyard, free tours and wine tastings have made it a popular stop for visitors and locals alike since 1986. The tour includes a short film about the winery and about winemaking as well as a visit to the aging room and the bottling area. At the end of the tour, visitors are invited to sample some of Stone Hill’s most popular products.
Located at 601 State Hwy 165 in Branson, Stone Hill Winery is just two blocks south of Hwy 76 and at the intersection of Hwy 165 and Green Mountain Drive (also known as “the yellow route” on area maps). The 12,000 sq ft facility offers more than wines for sale. You will also find a variety of wine accessories and decorative items. They offer custom laser etching on glasses, gift boxes, photo frames and other items for a one-of-a-kind wedding gift or special occasion commemorative.
For more information on area wineries, visit Missouri Wine Country and click the link for the Ozark Mountain Wine Region.