Ozark Highlands Wine

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Landforms in the Ozark Highlands appellation fall into three types: cedar forest, rolling native prairie, or stream bottoms. A unique combination of these features has allowed many prime acres of grapes to thrive here. The area is unusually dry for Missouri, but the brown sandy loam soil atop yellowish clay stresses the vines while holding needed moisture. No less than four rivers cross the area, along with several smaller streams. The appellation’s boundaries form a shape reminiscent of spilled wine, running down the map from east of Jefferson City almost to Eleven Point River. Two large sections of the Mark Twain National Forest form the east and west boundaries.

Vines were first planted here by Italian immigrants, and native cultivars and French hybrids continue to grow. The area’s fruit wines are also very worth a taste. The Ozark Highlands is a peaceful area where cows look up as you drive by and where winemakers are usually the winery owner. The label outside the bottle might be a little crooked Read more »

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  • Vidal Blanc

    Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, th...

  • Norton

    Norton was first created in the experimental garden of the eccentric Dr. Daniel Norton in 1820s Richmond, VA. His int...

  • Cynthiana

  • Chardonel

      Grape: Chardonel Color: White   Main Regions: New York State, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio. ...

  • Ozark

  • Vignoles

    Popular in northeastern and midwest regions of America, this white wine-producing hybrid produces an excellent desser...

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