We’ve put together this list of Frequently Asked Questions to help you research or plan your visit. For more information, please call 1-800-909-WINE (9463) or email us at StoneHillinfo@stonehillwinery.com.
Are picnic baskets allowed on the winery grounds?
Yes, on our property outside we welcome small picnics. All coolers, bags, and picnic baskets need to be kept OUTSIDE and will be checked by security at the time of your arrival. We do not allow non-Stone Hill Winery food items inside the winery gift shop.
OUTSIDE BEVERAGES ARE NOT PERMITTED ON PROPERTY. In accordance with our liquor license, Missouri State Law strictly prohibits any outside alcohol including Stone Hill Wine purchased off property. Any open beverage containers will need to be discarded immediately.
Do you charge for tastings?
Yes, tastings are $12.00 per person and include a souvenir wine glass and six wine samples.
Does Stone Hill Winery have locations in New Florence or Branson?
No, Stone Hill Winery, has transitioned to the next generation. Jon Held, former Vice President and General Manager, is now Owner and President of Stone Hill Winery based in Hermann. The company, which prides itself on producing award-winning wines, continues the family legacy of Stone Hill Winery in Hermann while its two satellite locations in New Florence and Branson are independently owned and operated by Thomas and Andrea Held as Curling Vine Winery.
Are pets allowed on winery grounds?
Yes, friendly pets are allowed on our grounds on a leash, but are not allowed in the tasting room due to health code regulations. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.
Can I offer Stone Hill Wines at my restaurant or retailer?
Yes! Please contact one of our distributors.
Where can I buy grapevine cuttings to grow vines?
Stone Hill Winery recommends the following contacts:
Ripley County Farms
Harrison Wells, contact
Double A Vineyards
Dennis Rak, contact
What are the differences among varieties of grapes?
Here are quick definitions of major grape species and varieties:
Vitis Vinifera – European-type grapes grown in Europe, California, New York, Washington, Oregon and other states with milder climates. These grapes are tender and can’t withstand fluctuating temperatures of a state like Missouri. They can only be grown in Missouri if the vines are covered with straw or dirt to survive the winters. Grape varieties include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfindel, Johannisberg Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.
Vitis Labrusca – Native American grapes grown in the Eastern U.S. and Midwestern states. Very hardy with a very strong grape flavor characteristic. Varieties include Concord and Catawba.
French-American Hybrids/European-American Hybrids – Hybrid crosses of Vitis Vinifera and Native American varieties. These hybrid grapes have fine wine characteristics of the Vinifera grapes but also have the cold hardiness of Native American varieties. They are grown in the Midwestern states and Eastern U.S. Varieties include Vidal Blanc, Seyval, Vignoles, Cayuga White, Chancellor, Chambourcin, St. Vincent, Vivant and Vincent.
Vitis Aestivalis – Native American grapes that are disease resistant, hardy and can withstand the cold. Grown in Missouri, Arkansas and Virginia, commercial varieties include Norton and Cynthiana.
Why do some of your wine bottles have corks and some have screw caps? I thought screw caps were not used on quality wines.
Our move to screw top closures for our wines was to retain the high quality of our wines. We feel we have made the right decision based on the fact between four and seven percent of all corked wines are tainted by trichloroanisole, a rather offensive smelling compound commonly know as TCA. TCA is a complex chemical that comes from reactions within cork involving natural mold and chlorine that is used in cork manufacture or is naturally occurring. Complicating the issue is that TCA levels can vary from barely perceptible to overtly offensive. The smell can best be described as musty, wet cardboard. The cork industry is working diligently to improve cork quality with better production methods, inspection, cork treatments or coatings, and stringent testing protocols. Though they are making progress, the cork-taint problem remains. With time, many industry experts believe the problem can be solved. In the meantime, quality-minded producers like Stone Hill Winery are looking to alternative wine closures to provide you, the consumer, with the best quality product. Based on years of research, the wine bottle closure that consistently provides the most reliable wine quality is the screw cap. In addition, the screw cap is very practical and user friendly. When it came time to upgrade to a faster bottling line we knew that we wanted the capability to screw cap our wines, especially for our fruit-driven whites and rosés. We also bought the new equipment to apply cork for the wines that are likely to be laid down and cellared for several years such as the Norton and Port. For these wines we will continue to only buy corks from suppliers who follow very stringent cork screening test to minimize the problem with cork taint. Screw caps are not a “cheaper” way of bottling wines, but every bottle will be free of cork taint!
Do you do specialty labels?
Please contact Marketing at firstname.lastname@example.org or 573-486-2221 in regards to specialty labels.
What states do you ship wine to?
We continue to review and update our shipping policies according to each state’s laws. We are applying for additional licenses in order to ship to more states. We will keep you updated as our shipping policies change.