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The Ozark Mountain Wine Trail winds through southwest Missouri, from Seymour westward to Carthage. The trail includes several small wineries, and one distillery.
At the eastern end of the trail, visit Whispering Oaks Winery, near Seymour, for free tastings, winery/vineyard tours, and a gift shop. The vineyard overlooks a picturesque valley just north of the second highest point in the state.
Just west of Branson, you come upon Lindwedel Wine Garden, which features wines produced in the state of Missouri. Located on a high ridge, their large patio and deck offers a beautiful view of Branson and rolling hills. The have a calendar of events and live music.
North of Branson, west of Route 65, you find a real, live, legal distillery. Copper Run Distillery is a small-batch distillery on five acres, specializes in corn whiskey (aka: moonshine), rum and vodka. In their self-described speakeasy tasting room, you will enjoy viewing the way spirits are made and sample the end product.
Ten miles north of Springfield, OOVVDA Winery offers grape and fruit wines. They specialize in 'single vineyard' wines, rather than blending fruit from multiple growers. The large outdoor area–with grills, tables and chairs–is open for picnics and relaxing with a bottle of OOVVDA wine.
Northwest of Springfield, near Walnut Grove, 7C’s Winery offers the gamut from sweet whites to dry reds; and, they produce several flavors of mead. Mead is wine made from honey; it is thought to be the oldest form of alcoholic beverage in the world. They have samples, sales, a gift shop and lots of events.
To the west, near Mount Vernon’s courthouse square, stop in at Williams Creek Winery for a sample in a relaxed atmosphere. Although it is just a short distance from the hustle and bustle of I-44, this is an opportunity to enjoy a little “life in the slow lane.”
In Carthage, the White Rose Winery is co-located with the White Rose Bed and Breakfast inn. They use no insecticides on the vines; grapes are picked by hand; and no sulfites are used at any time in the wine making process.
At the far western of the trail, northwest of Carthage, you’ll enjoy a visit to Keltoi Winery, who’s address is in Oronogo. Take a picnic lunch and buy a bottle of wine to share in one of many scenic areas of the estate: the Little Northfork Creek hems the west side; you may choose to sit in the woods; there is a large pond; relax in the vineyard; gather on the patio; take warmth by the fire in the cottage.
So there you have them, the wineries and the distillery that make up the Ozark Mountain Wine Trail. All have their own unique qualities, so it’s not a bad idea to visit each. It’s always a good idea to visit their websites to verify hours and event schedules before making a trip. You can find details about all Missouri wineries via www.MissouriWine.org.
Note: It is against Missouri law to take any outside beer, wine or alcohol product onto a Missouri winery's grounds.