FAQs - Stone Hill Winery

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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).

QUESTION:  Are picnic baskets allowed on the grounds of Stone Hill Winery-Hermann?

ANSWER:  Yes, we more than welcome small picnics on our beautiful site, but you cannot bring alcoholic beverages other than Stone Hill wines onto the grounds.

QUESTION:  Is there a Vintage Restaurant at Stone Hill Winery-Branson or Stone Hill Winery-New Florence?

ANSWER:  No, the award-winning Vintage Restaurant is exclusive to the Hermann location.

QUESTION:  Does Stone Hill Winery-New Florence or Stone Hill Winery-Branson host weddings?

ANSWER:  No, the wedding planning services and facilities are also exclusive to the Hermann location.

QUESTION:  What are the states that Stone Hill Winery can ship wine to?  How can I order wine from Stone Hill?

ANSWER:  Due to shipping regulations, Stone Hill can only ship wine to Alabama (Residents must comply to a set of rules as set forth by the Alabama Beverage Control Board), Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana (Montana requires residents to apply for a connoisseur's license), Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee (all counties are now open to direct shipping), Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., Wisconsin and Wyoming.  Pennsylvania:  You cannot order our wines directly, but you can call your local wine shop for assistance in ordering our wine.  Call 1.800.909.9463 to place your order.  We also ship wine-related items available in our gift shop.  Stone Hill Winery accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.  We can ship our grape juice anywhere in the United States.

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.

QUESTION:  Where can I buy grapevine cuttings to grow vines?

ANSWER:  Stone Hill Winery recommends the following contacts:

Ripley County Farms
Harrison Wells, contact
573.996.3449

Double A Vineyards
Dennis Rak, contact
716.672.8493

QUESTION:  What are the differences among varieties of grapes?

ANSWER:  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.

QUESTION:  Why do some of your wine bottles have corks and some have screw caps?  I thought screw caps were not used on quality wines.

ANSWER:  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 ros├ęs.  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!

QUESTION:  Do you do specialty labels?

ANSWER:  Unfortunately, we are unable to do specialty labels.  However, we do Laser Etching at our Branson location on Glasses, Boxes, Coasters & More!  We can custom laser etch on a variety of glasses, wooden gift boxes, cork coasters, votive cups & photo frames for any occasion.

Weddings & Anniversaries - Make you event even more special by having your glasses engraved. We have many designs to cover your wedding day or your anniversary. Make it unique, by performing a wine ceremony.

Military or Family reunions - Planning to have a reunion? If it is in Branson or not, we can provide you with custom etched glasses with your emblems, logos, or family names.

Business - We can etch your logos for all your company needs.