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In: Awards, Prairie Berry

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After winning over 1,000+ international awards, Prairie Berry Winery has become the region’s most awarded winery. Our most recent win came at the 2018 Indy International Wine Competition, the scientifically largest and organized independent wine competition in the United States, where we took home 10 awards including two gold medals for Anna Pesä Louka 2017 and Red Ass Rhubarb, our most popular, most award-winning wine.

“It is not very common to pass the 1,000-award mark in the wine industry and we are so honored to be one of the wineries to achieve this,” said fifth generation winemaker Sandi Vojta. “It’s surreal and something you don’t set out to do, but you do the best you can and make the best product every day. I never would have dreamt of this happening and I’m really grateful to be here and share it with everyone.”

From her first wine competition in 2001, where she won a double gold for her Wild Grape wine, winemaker Sandi knew South Dakota made wines could compete in any prestigious wine competition.

“It was so ingrained early on that we can produce an international award-winning wine here in South Dakota that is recognized by some of the top wine industry leaders in California,” said Sandi Vojta. “To this day it has always been on my mind.”

Prairie Berry Winery was founded in 1999 in a 500 sq. ft. basement. Sandi, together with her father and husband, set out to create a unique South Dakota experience by way of a family tradition of winemaking. Sandi’s great-great-grandmother, Anna Pesä, immigrated to the Dakota Territory in 1876 from Moravia, Czech Republic. On the South Dakota prairie, Anna used the local fruits she called ‘prairie berries’ to create wine for her family.

Today, from a 20,000 sq. ft. state of the art wine production facility in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Prairie Berry Winery has grown into one of the most successful wineries in the region.

Prairie Berry Winery’s top awarded wines include, Red Ass Rhubarb, Calamity Jane, Lawrence Elk, and Gold Digger. These wines are available in our Tasting Room in Hill City, South Dakota, online, and in select South Dakota, Wyoming, and North Dakota wine retailers.

View a full list of all of our 1000+ awards here.

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At the 31st Annual Tasters Guild International Wine Competition held in Grand Rapids Michigan, Prairie Berry Winery took home 17 awards, including a double gold medal for Calamity Jane.

This brings our total awards to over 1,000!

Five gold medals were given to Peach Mead, Red Ass Rhubarb, Wild Bill, Frontenac 2017, and La Crescent 2017.

Silver medals were awarded to Black Raspberry Fusion, Razzy Apple, Strawberry Fusion, Brianna, Anna Pesä Chenin Blanc 2017, Anna Pesä Meritage 2015, and Anna Pesä Blaufrankisch 2016.

Other winners included Lawrence Elk, 3Rednecks, Anna Pesä Ruzo Rosé 2017, and Anna Pesä Meritage 2016.

23 judges from around the country completed over 1,400 evaluations of wine from 9 countries and 30 states.

TASTERS GUILD is a society of wine and food lovers which recently associated with the American Wine Society and now consists of over one hundred and twenty chapters throughout the country that provide active and ongoing wine and food events for over 7,000 wine consuming members.

View a full list of all of our 1000+ awards here.

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In: Miner Brewing Company, Prairie Berry

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South Dakota is truly something unexpected. We are so honored to partner with South Dakota Tourism to share our story and promote this great state we call home.

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In: Prairie Berry East Bank

Comments Off on Coming July 2018 to The Western Mall

After closing our doors at Prairie Berry East Bank on April 28, 2018 in downtown Sioux Falls, we are excited to announce we have found a new home in The Western Mall!

Planning is already underway as we aim to re-open July 2018!

Cheers!

Press Release

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In: Awards, Wine

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At the 2018 San Diego Wine Challenge and the 2018 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, Prairie Berry Winery took home a combined total of 14 awards. This brings our total number of awards to 998.

Silver medals were awarded to Calamity Jane, Lawrence Elk, Anna Pesä Ruzo Rosé 2017, Frontenac 2017, Razzy Apple, Red Ass Rhubarb, Wild Plum Fusion, LaCrescent 2017, Raspberry Honeywine, and Anna Pesä Meritage 2015.

Other winners included Brianna, Anna Pesä Blaufrankisch 2016, and Gold Digger.

View a full list of all of our 990+ awards here.

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The perfect wine cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day.

Per serving:

  • 8 oz. Gold Digger wine
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 sprigs of thyme (muddled)

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice. Shake and pour into glasses. Garnish with lime slice and sprig of thyme.

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In: Prairie Berry Made

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Created under the same premise as our Chuckle Berry wine, Chuckle Berry Jam is made using a blend of our year’s end fruit, knowing that each year, it could be a little different than the last.

Our newest jam is packed full of raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries; complimented with lime zest and fresh squeezed lime juice. It’s the perfect way to taste spring.

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In: Awards, Wine

Comments Off on Prairie Berry Winery Wins 13 Awards at the 2018 Florida State Fair International Wine & Grape Juice Competition

We are proud to announce our most recent award-winning wines from the 2018 Florida State Fair International Wine & Grape Juice Competition. This year marks the 30th Annual Florida State Fair International Wine Competition. Professional judges evaluate wines and juices from around the country and the world. Thirteen of our entries received awards, including a double gold for LaCrescent, a gold for Razzy Apple, five silver awards, and 6 bronze medals.

LaCrescent received the highest award in its class with a double gold medal. Made from the winemaker Sandi Vojta’s favorite South Dakota grape, this wine brings flavors of fresh pineapple, honeysuckle, and lemongrass with hint of lemon zest on the finish.

The first wine we commercially produced, Razzy Apple, won a gold medal. This semi-sweet wine offers notes of ripe red raspberries and raspberry-apple cider with a Honeycrisp apple finish.

Silver medals were awarded to Calamity Jane, Lawrence Elk, Anna Pesä Meritage 2015, Red Ass Rhubarb, and Anna Pesä Chenin Blanc 2017. Anna Pesä Blaufränkisch, Anna Pesä Ruzo Rosé 2017, Raspberry Honeywine, Uncle Ralph’s Rhubarb, Strawberry Fusion, and Pomegranate Fusion brought home bronze medals from the competition.

Click here to view a full list of our awards.

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In: Awards, Prairie Berry, Prairie Berry East Bank, Wine

Comments Off on Prairie Berry Winery Wines Announces Awards from 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

We are proud to announce our most recent award-winning wines from the prestigious 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest wine competition of American wines in the world. Six of our entries received awards: Calamity Jane, Raspberry Honeywine, Uncle Ralph’s Rhubarb, Anna Pesä Meritage 2015, Wild Bill, and Lawrence Elk.

Calamity Jane received the highest award in its class with a double gold medal. Named after the rough but gentle spirited Wild West legend, Calamity Jane, this 100% Concord grape wine is soft and not too sweet. Luscious, fresh Concord grape flavors lead to undertones of candied apple and orange zest.

Semi-sweet Uncle Ralph’s Rhubarb captured a silver medal, as did Raspberry Honeywine. Anna Pesä Meritage 2015, Wild Bill, and Lawrence Elk brought home bronze medals from the competition, which featured 6,960 entries from 35 states. This brings our total to 971 awards since we began entering competitions in 2001.

Click here to view a full list of our awards.

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In: News, Prairie Berry, Wine

Comments Off on Prairie Berry Winery Wines Now Available in North Dakota

After some wine, sweat and cheers, our pallets are packed and they’re off to North Dakota!

Soon you’ll be able to find four of your favorite Prairie Berry Winery wines, including Red Ass Rhubarb, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill, and Gold Digger, at your local North Dakota wine retailers.

Cheers to North Dakota!

Press Release