If you want to experience a very pleasant wine tasting moments this fall season, visit Mt. Pleasant Winery in Branson. For than 150 years now, Mount Pleasant Winery has been producing the most sought-after wines in the region. Many wine enthusiasts have recognized the award-winning list of varieties of remarkable wines that have become the top choice in the wine making industry. The original winery in Augusta, MO is the first wine-growing facility in the region which is about 3 and a half hours north of Branson. This wine facility of 78 acres in Augusta grows 12 varieties of grapes. For about two decades, this wine facility achieved high ratings for winning numerous prestigious awards.
Wine products of Augusta and Branson are taken to the distribution point in the Mount Pleasant Winery facility in Branson. Visiting tourists to this popular winery can have the opportunity to experience first-hand production process and have the chance to have samples to take back home. In April 2008, the 9,200-square-foot facility of Mt. Pleasant Winery in Branson was opened. Tourists can get the chance to shop, and get samples of numerous award-winning Mt. Pleasant’s wines and can even request a bottle of wine of their own of 600-gallon French oak barrel.
The Mount Pleasant Winery in Branson features winery tours and wine tasting daily. Anyone interested in tasting wines is charged a tasting fee of $5. The winery also offers Wine 101 classes, where participants are taught how to pair wines with food and learn the intricacies of wine tasting. The fee for this Wine 101 class is $15 per person and scheduled only at 2 pm on Wednesdays and 11 am on Saturdays.
Grapes of Mount Pleasant are grown on the hillsides which are not susceptible to floods and frosts. Hillside areas are favorable to growing grapes which allow sun exposure and access to southeasterly breezes. Hillside farming involves agricultural techniques and provides highest quality of grape fruits. Vine tree takes five years to bear a full fruit production. Every year Mount Pleasant plants additional vines to keep up the demand for wines. Viticulture is used to grow vines, this is a grape growing system that is ecologically sound, socially supportive, and economically viable.
During late summer, grapes are harvested in the Mount Pleasant vineyard. It is transported quickly to the crushing area and pressed into juice. After the juice extraction, it will be transported through underground pipes to large tanks and to small barrels in the cellars. Some wines are placed in oak barrels to age, while some varieties will be placed in stainless tanks. Wines are fermented with natural process of yeast that converts the fruit sugar into alcohol. The process of fermenting varies from three to sixty days, depending on variety, temperature, style, and yeast strains.
If you want to experience wine tasting and discover the processing of the award-winning wines, visit the Mt. Pleasant Winery in Branson and stay at the best accommodations of Thousand Hills Golf Resort.
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