The Ozark Highlands are one the few true highland regions in the world. Today, more than half of Missouri's 51 distilleries are located in the Ozark Highlands and the State of Missouri has established an official Ozark Highlands Spirits Region.
The Ozark Highlands are home to a more than 200-year history of distilling. The region was settled in the early 1700s by Irish and Scottish immigrants and was first named Ozark Highlands by the US government in 1819.
The Ozark Highlands is a limestone highland region, creating a natural filtration system for the water throughout the region. According to the USGS, the Ozark Highlands is the most significant highland region in North America.
In 2022, the Missouri legislature established the Ozark Highlands spirits as a protected class of alcohol in Missouri law. This new category requires certain standards in water quality, barrel production, sustainability, aging, and location.