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Drinking at the Grownups’ Table: 8 Best Wineries Near Branson, MO

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Branson is most famous for its theatre productions, but it’s not only the shows that draw millions of visitors to the area every day. Branson’s location makes it easily accessible to 25% of the population of the US.

When you add water parks, superb fishing waters, golf courses, and tigers to the mix, you have a destination that appeals to a wide range of vacationers.

Family fun is in no short supply, romantic getaways are everywhere, and these wineries near Branson MO are sure to appeal to the more sophisticated traveler.

Here’s how to sip and savor your way around Branson.

1. Stone Hill Winery

Stone Hill Winery has long been a well known name in the Missouri wine industry.

Opening it’s winery location in Branson in 1987, Stone Hill made wine tasting a popular event even before “wine tasting was cool”.

Their convenient location– just off the Hwy 76 strip (corner of Hwy 165 and Green Mountain drive) make stopping here one of the must do activities in Branson.

The Held family has owned and operated this family owned business since the 1960s. In 2016, a new generation of Helds started another chapter in the Stone Hill story and the winery now has a new name –The Curling Vine Winery. It is still in the same great location and it still offers all the great wines that generations have come to love.

2. Crown Valley Distillery

Located in County Boulevard Branson, Crown Valley Distillery offers a wide range of tastings. There’s also a soda shop on the premises so the kids don’t feel left out.

They distill their whiskey onsite and all the other drinks and snacks sold at Crown Valley are 100% Missouri-made.

You can try a dash of beer, wine or spirits, but there’s a limit of one tasting per person per day. If it weren’t for that you’d surely spend the whole day here and miss out on the nearby attractions like the Auto and Farm Museum and the Celebrity Car Museum.

3. St James Winery

You can go the whole hog at this well-established winery just off Highway 165. There’s a restaurant on site, live music most days of the week, and award-winning wines and craft beers to go along with your meal.

Tours of the winery take place every hour of the day from 11 am but you’re welcome to indulge in complimentary tastings any time.

Right next door, you’ll find the Public House Brewing Company, one of the foremost breweries in Branson, MO.

4. Lindwedel Winery

This intimate winery specializes in personal attention and excellent dry wines.

Located in a leafy environment close to Table Rock Lake, this winery is perfect as part of a day out exploring the countryside.

Not only can you sip on some of the state’s finest wines here, but you can test them out with wine pairings featuring cheese, sausage, and candied jalapenos.

It’s the perfect compliment to a morning spent dangling from the zip lines at Reed Springs.

5. Mt Pleasant Winery

Mt Pleasant Winery offers a pleasant and tranquil wine tasting experience on Green Mountain Drive in Branson.

Pop in after your visit to the Titanic Museum or Castle Rock Waterpark for a tour of the limestone cellars followed by a sip on something home-brewed.

The wine tastings are dirt cheap, with generous samples provided. You can buy a bottle, or a case, of your favorite ones afterward.

When you’re done sipping and shopping, settle down on the patio and enjoy a picnic-style lunch in this calm environment.

6. Branson Ridge Winery

This winery has one of the best views in town from its location at 307 Branson Landing Boulevard. In the evenings you can even see the Branson water and light show from here.

You never have to wait long for someone to show you around these Missouri winery tours and the venue also offers a few extras to go along with their European-inspired wines.

There’s a snug horseshoe bar, a marketplace, restaurant, and specialty chocolates and beers too.

7. Macadoodles

Just down the drag, you’ll come across a festive Irish-themed Macadoodles outlet with its wine cellar, beer room, and gift shop. Here you’ll find the largest selection of local and imported wine and beer in town.

This fun destination offers

  • Beer and wine tastings
  • Free wine courses
  • A chance to create and taste your own cocktails

The “Pick 6” option when buying beer is another popular choice, where you can choose 6 different beers to make up a pack. With over 600 types to choose from, this is a beer connoisseur’s dream come true.

Macadoodles is right on the water’s edge, so you’re assured of the best views out of all the wineries in Branson, MO when you stop off here.

8. Bear Creek Wine Company

Take a trip 10 miles out of town to this hideaway wine cellar nestled in the woods. There are quaint dining areas inside and out, where you can taste their selection of 9 wines for free.

The frozen wines, called Winearitas, are a treat on a hot day, especially against the background of live music on Saturday afternoons. In winter, the flaming fire pits add ambiance to the experience.

There’s rustic pizza to go along with the tipple of your choice as well as local cheese, smoked meats and chocolate up for grabs. Afterward, walk off your indulgences with a stroll around the lush garden featuring beautiful ponds and streams.

Tips for Visiting the Wineries near Branson MO

Do we need to tell you that too much of a good thing is bad?

Wine tastings are a wonderful way to enjoy a taste of Missouri but drinking and driving is still a no-no. Designate a driver before you leave, or arrange for an Uber if you want a worry-free wine tasting experience.

When you visit a winery, dress the part. Dark colors are best, you’ll find out why if you accidentally spill a drop or two of red wine on your shirt. Also, too much perfume or cologne can interfere with the aromas of the wines, so keep it low key.

Eat something before your wine tasting. You won’t get the best out of your experience if the first sip goes straight to your head.

Booking a place to stay nearby makes the ride home a lot easier and means you can linger longer at these Missouri wineries.

Reserve Your Place on Missouri’s Wine Route

Most of the wineries near Branson, MO are within 20 miles of our excellent log cabin accommodations.

Book your spot along Branson’s wine route if you want to make the most of your time in this top vacation destination.

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