Wineries of South Dakota

A recent version of the Wall Street Journal’s Wine Events column drew attention to one of South Dakota’s wineries, Prairie Berry Winery.

In a piece titled "All Aboard for Trains and Wine," the Journal included some brief information about the Prairie Berry Wine Express:

The “Wine Express” includes a train ride on the 1880 Train to Keystone, S.D., Wild West entertainment, a full lunch and four pours of Prairie Berry’s wines. The wine sorbet and chocolate truffles served with lunch are made with the winery’s wines. Representatives from Prairie Berry will pour and talk about the wines on board. The ride is part of a weekend of activities for Hill City’s Western heritage festival. (A more social and spooky “Fright Train” runs on Halloween night; $45.) Call 1-866-FOR-1880 to RSVP; prairieberry.com.

WHEN Sept. 19, 1:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m., and Sept. 20, 1:30 p.m.

WHERE Hill City Depot, 222 Railroad Ave. Hill City, S.D.

HOW MUCH $62

My wife and I love Prairie Berry wine. It’s sold at one of the grocery stores where we live, and we’re frequent purchasers. The wines are uniquely South Dakotan, because many of them are made from native berries and fruits (e.g., Red A– Rhubarb, Chokecherry Medley, Raspbery Honeywine and Buffaloberry Fusion). They also have really sharp, simply designed labels, and in the wine business it’s the label as much as anything that helps sell the wine.

Prairie Berry’s winery in Hill City is open to the public and is a great place to visit. You can sample wines there and have a great meal.

Surprisingly, there are many other wineries in the state — enough that you could do a South Dakota wine tour:

Categories: Black Hills, Events, Western SD

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Seth Tupper

Seth Tupper was born and raised in South Dakota and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from South Dakota State University in 2001. After college, he worked at a newspaper in Minnesota and then returned to South Dakota in 2003 to join the staff of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, where he is currently the publisher. Seth has won numerous awards for his writing, including the 2007 Outstanding Young Journalist award in the daily newspapers category of the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspapers Contest. Seth’s day-job and freelance work have granted him opportunities to meet hundreds of South Dakotans and travel across much of the state. He also spends a lot of his free time exploring South Dakota’s state and national parks, hiking trails and kayak-friendly rivers.

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