Most people typically think of visiting wineries in the summer. The Ozarks is home to three beautiful wineries that are perfect to visit during the summer and fall seasons. If you love wine, here are three Ozarks wineries you need to visit for great meads and wines.
Dwight and Jean Anne Crevelt and Jean's mother Irene Cassens are the owners of 7C’s Winery in Walnut Grove, Missouri, just north of Springfield. Dwight and Jean Anne are originally from the Midwest and returned a few years ago to fulfill their dream of owning a winery and vineyard. Or to quote their oldest daughter, "Dream or midlife crisis; most people buy a sports car, but not you. You are going to open a winery."
Try delicious local wine and meads from the glass or from their environmentally-friendly pouches that can be enjoyed inside or on their outdoor patio.
Address: 502 E. 560th Rd., Walnut Grove, MO 65770
Bear Creek Wine Company
Bear Creek Wine Company is just 10 miles outside of the hustle and bustle of Branson, Missouri. The winery is locally owned and family operated and offers complimentary tasting daily. They offer an array of smoked meats and cheeses and Rustic Pizza, along with some of the best views in the Ozarks.
Stroll the beautiful property featuring ponds, streams and much more. Enjoy a glass of wine on one of the many decks or cozy up by the fireplace inside the tasting room. Live music is played nearly every weekend, along with great wines, local beer and winaritas. Get off the beaten path and experience true Ozarks culture at Bear Creek Wine Co.
Address: 1320 Keithley Rd., Walnut Shade, MO 65771
Established in 2007, Lindwedel Winery's owners have a passion for the lake and expansive land views their winery offers to its visitors as they step foot on their land. The Lindwedels settled in the Ozarks on Table Rock Lake outside of Branson, Missouri, in 1995. Their life in the winery business has allowed friends and family to enjoy and revel in both the beauty and peace of the atmosphere. In March of 2007, Kim and Steve Lindwedel bought 15 acres just west of Branson where they are now overlooking the rolling hills of the Ozarks and witness the lights of the city at night. Lindwedel Winery offers many Missouri grape varietals.
Address: 3158 State Hwy 265, Branson, MO 65616
Leaky Roof Meadery
Todd J. Rock, Leaky Roof’s head mead maker, was born and raised in Hillsborough, New Jersey. The University of Missouri-Columbia brought him to Missouri in 1999. After several years of hanging around Columbia, home brewing and enjoying his youth, Todd was lucky enough to meet his wife Katie, also a Mizzou graduate. The two of them moved to Anchorage, Alaska so that Todd could pursue a degree in Anthropology at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. It was in Anchorage that Todd’s love of homebrewing was rekindled, and ignited by winning several awards for his concoctions. After several years he felt the calling to start his own meadery which became Leaky Roof. Come on out to sample their flagships, plus whatever seasonal or specialty meads Todd has on hand. They also have a few guest taps for some of our favorite craft beers. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for their live music line-up.
Address: 1306 Azalea St., Buffalo, MO 65622
Ozark Hills Winery
Visit Branson's premier winery where guests can learn all about the deep-rooted history of wine and liquor making exclusive to the Ozarks. See a collection of prohibition-era moonshine stills, bootlegging relics, and family heirlooms from decades in the wine industry at Whisky Jack’s Moonshine Still Museum. Come hear stories from friendly tour guides, and learn more about the legacy of wine and liquor in the Midwest. Take a tour of the winery or stop by for a tasting event.
Address: 601 MO-165, Branson, MO 65616
Tap & Pour
You can find all of these wineries on the Ozarks Tap & Pour Craft Beverage Tour Pass. Just in the last decade, the craft beverage scene in Springfield and the surrounding area has grown tremendously, making southwest Missouri the go-to destination in the Ozarks.
Once you've visited at least ten locations on the Ozarks Tap and Pour Tour, and must include at least one brewery, one winery and one distillery, you'll earn yourself a free Ozarks Tap & Pour collector T-shirt. Make sure you fill out the form that appears at the top of your passport with your T-shirt size and address to get your shirt. Click here for more information.