In a recent nationwide contest conducted by the new Best Of Branson, a feature of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, St. James Winery & Restaurant walked away with the Gold in the Winery category! This acknowledgement is made even more special given the growth of the winery and distillery industry in Branson - although St. James has a long and illustrious history in Missouri, its presence in this area is less than two years old, so getting named the “Best Of Branson” by folks across the country is an incredible honor!
St. James Winery & Restaurant, located on Highway 165, just a quick hop, skip, and a jump from Branson’s world-famous Strip, Highway 76, quickly became the talk-of-the-town, not only for making the popular products of Missouri’s most awarded winery available for tasting, enjoying by the glass, and purchasing by the bottle and case, so convenient, but for establishing a phenomenal dining experience. Best known for its tasty brick-oven pizza, the restaurant also boasts unique offerings like Goat Cheese Stuffed Apricots and sandwiches like the Chicken Salad Masterpiece, featuring a house-made honey walnut chicken salad that quickly became a favorite with the local crowd. (Ssshhhh - we’re letting you in on a Branson Best-Kept-Secret - St. James is especially popular among locals for their scrumptious Prime Rib! Find out more about Prime Rib at St. James, as well as other write-home-about steaks here: Branson for Dinner! 8 Great “Only in Branson” Places for Steak & Prime Rib!)
The restaurant is unforgettable, but it’s those sensational wines that are keeping happy guests returning time and again, especially the approachable fruit wines in flavors that make the novice connoisseur happy, while proving to be a satisfying guilty pleasure for even the most serious wine aficionado - it’s that rare, make-everyone-happy type of success that every winery hopes to achieve. The list of popular award-winning fruit wines includes Apple Pie, Mango, and the irresistible Blackberry. The more sophisticated options include favorites like the Cynthiana, Estate Norton, Pioneer Red, Pink Catawba, and the Friendship School White.
Other attributes of this Best Of Branson winery include a lovely courtyard at the back of the building - a comfortable enclosed outdoor space that offers a peaceful water feature, bocce ball courts, and seating that’s ideal for dining or drinks with friends. It’s a great space for both business and casual gatherings - whether it’s to play a few games with the family, or reunite with your best buddies from college, the courtyard at St. James Winery is a great gathering spot right in the heart of Branson!
Although it’s quite an esteemed honor to be recognized by people across the country as the Best Of Branson among an excellent selection of wineries, it wasn’t news to the loyal following of local residents and returning visitors alike, that their favorite winery just happens to be Branson’s “Best” winery! Everyone loves Branson for its family-friendliness, yet every once in a while, you really want to find a place where you can enjoy an adult beverage without sacrificing that family-friendliness for which this town is famous - in addition to St. James, you can learn a bit more about the grown up side to Branson here: Branson’s Best Spots for “Grown Up” Beverages!
If you’re one of those travelers who’s always looking for the “best” places to visit in every destination (and who isn’t?) - you’ll be happy to know that there’s now a “Best Of Branson” place for wine - the delightful St. James Winery & Restaurant!