Biking, hiking, fishing, exploring, spelunking…we love the Black Hills. We work in them, play in them, and draw inspiration from them, so it’s no surprise that we consider ourselves a part of them. Here are five more reasons to include Prairie Berry Winery in your Black Hills adventures:
1. Bring the whole family—Prairie Berry Winery is kid-friendly!
We’re a half hour’s drive (or less) from a host of family-friendly activities. Whether your outing takes you to marvel at Mount Rushmore or chase that elusive trophy fish in the nearby creeks and lakes, Prairie Berry welcomes all ages to unwind in the Tasting Room or on the patio. With gourmet sodas and a children’s menu in the kitchen
2. Whether you’re playing for family bragging rights or to see who buys dinner, we have a variety of free games to get your competitive juices flowing.
Stay cool indoors (and close to a refill) with a game of checkers in the Tasting Room, or head out to the lawn to toss some beanbags. You can also take wine and food down to Miner Brewing Company to enjoy a hand of cards, a round of miniature disc golf, or—soon—some bocce ball.
3. There’s always something new to discover!
Try Sparkling Red Ass Rhubarb for a new spin on our most award-winning wine, or pick up a recent release like Raspberry Honeywine. Looking to beat the summer heat? Ask an associate about wine cocktail recipes to give your favorite wine a new twist, or pick up some Frostbite Wine Freeze, our wine slush mix that turns any wine into a frozen, snow cone like treat.
4. Wine and dine.
Maybe you’ve worked up an appetite hiking in Custer State Park or waterskiing on Sheridan Lake; or maybe you just need a little snack. The Prairie Berry kitchen is Trip Advisor’s top-rated restaurant in the Hill City area, and offers a variety of freshly prepared sandwiches, pizzas, salads, soups, and desserts intended to pair perfectly with our wines. For lighter fare, try a selection from our epicurean menu, or grab some artisan meats and cheeses from the Tasting Room cooler.
5. Our brewery is next door!
Get to know the other side of Winemaker Sandi—Brewmaster Sandi! Sandi has been making beer almost as long as she has wine, and craft beers at Miner Brewing Company draw on many of the same South Dakota influences as wines from Prairie Berry Winery. The Miner Brewing Tap Room has more than a dozen taps and offers seasonal and specialty beers alongside standbys like Mango Cream Ale, Irish Red Ale, and Dr. Valentine IIPA.
From the ingredients in our wines to the architecture of the campus itself, the Black Hills are at the heart of just about everything here at Prairie Berry Winery. We think the reverse is true, as well. We’re a short drive from some of the biggest attractions in the area, and we love that so many of our guests include a stop at Prairie Berry Winery as part of their adventures. Here are five reasons to include us on your next Black Hills itinerary:
1. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting in a casual atmosphere.
Wine tasting shouldn’t be intimidating! We hope you’ll learn a little bit about wine along the way, but a tasting at Prairie Berry Winery is a relaxed experience intended to share our wines and the stories behind them. Winemaker Sandi has more than 950 awards to her name and crafts wines for all tastes, from our dry, oaked Anna Pesä reds to our sweet fruit wines.
2. Nothing says summer like relaxing on the patio.
Put your feet up and share a bottle of wine with friends on one of our patios. Enjoy the sun and spectacular views of Black Elk Peak from under our grapevine-covered pergola, or grab a table in the shade of the tent. You’re also welcome to set up a picnic on one of our lawns or take your wine and food down the hill to one of Miner Brewing Company’s patio seating options.
3. Prairie Berry Winery is pet friendly!
With all the outdoor seating options around our campus, we think it’d be a shame to leave your best friend at home or, worse, in the car. We know pets are a part of the family, and they’re welcome as long as they stay on a leash, don’t disrupt other guests, and don’t leave any unwanted “surprises” for our staff.
4. One word: dessert.
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5. It’s all South Dakota made!
Prairie Berry Winery, Prairie Berry Made products, and Miner Brewing Company craft beers are all handmade here in the Black Hills. We use local ingredients whenever possible and draw inspiration from the peaks, plants, and plains that surround us, showcasing our home in every bottle.
At the 2017 Indy International Wine Competition held at Purdue University on May 24 – 25, Prairie Berry Winery took home 15 awards for various wines, including gold medals for Calamity Jane and Strawberry Fusion.
Silver medals were awarded to Wild Bill, Brianna 2016, Cascade Falls 2016, Heritage, Gold Digger, Red Ass Rhubarb, Razzy Apple, Pomegranate Fusion, Buffaloberry Fusion, Wild Plum Fusion, and Black Raspberry Fusion. Other winners included 3RedNecks and Peach Mead.
The 26th annual Indy International Wine Competition had over 2,000 entries from 11 countries and 40 US states, making it the largest independently organized wine competition in the country.
View a full list of all of our 950+ awards here.
Light and refreshing, our Buffaloberry Citrus Cooler features handpicked South Dakota buffaloberries, fresh basil, and ginger beer. It’s the perfect cocktail to sip on this summer.
- 1 bottle of Buffaloberry Fusion wine
- 12 oz (1 can) of lemon lime soda
- 12 oz (1 can) of ginger beer
- 12 basil leaves
- Lemon and lime wedges
Mix wine, soda, and ginger beer into a pitcher. Add basil leaves and stir. In individual glasses add ice, wine mix, and lemon & lime wedges.
Makes 4-5 servings.
Like That? Then Try This.
Do you love to sip on lemonade? The perfect balance of sweet and tart makes this a go to summer beverage. If you love lemonade, you will enjoy one of our dry or semi-dry white wines like Heritage, Buffaloberry Fusion, Anna Pesä Symphony 2015, and Anna Pesä Louka 2016.
These whites exhibit the best characteristics of light summer drinking with hints of green apple, lemon, and floral notes with a refreshing finish to compliment a great summer meal on the porch.
Iced tea drinker? Many people leave their reds behind as warmer weather approaches, but you don’t have to! Think of light bodied reds as similar in body to unsweetened iced tea.
Herbed pork loin on the grill calls for a light red with a lot of character to compliment the dish. Try Anna Pesä Blaufrankisch 2015 for a great, summer-worthy red wine.
Black coffee drinkers this is for you. Do you love your first cup of coffee in the morning? Rich flavors of unsweetened cocoa and caramel are a perfect way to start the day.
Try a medium to heavy bodied dry red this summer. Our Anna Pesä Zinfandel 2013, Anna Pesä Meritage 2012, and 3Rednecks Cabernet Sauvignon will all give you that beautiful note of caramel and dark chocolate with hints of red berries. Plus, you just can’t beat pairing one of these reds with a steak on the grill.
At Prairie Berry, every day is earth day. One of our values is to strive to leave the world a better place, honoring nature at every turn of the business.
As a winery and brewery, we’re fundamentally earth-based. From the vines to the wines, we are aware that we don’t own our chunk of earth and we’re privileged to be able to use it.
When building the Prairie Berry Winery, Miner Brewing Company, and Prairie Berry East Bank, one of our goals was to make them as earth-friendly as possible. Here are some examples of how we’ve done that.
- The industry standard for water used to produce a case of wine, start to finish, is seven to eight gallons. We use three.
- Fermenting wine produces heat, which we use to heat other parts of the winery during the winter.
- We make many of our wines from native fruit, which grows wild nearby, with no irrigation or fertilizer required. We harvest responsibly and sustainably (by hand) so we impact the environment as little as possible.
- Prairie Berry East Bank is a Certified Green Business, recognized by the City of Sioux Falls.
- The wine production area uses very little heat in the winter and utilizes nighttime ventilation for cooling during the summer.
- The waste from winemaking, grape skins, apricot pits, and chokecherry seeds, all go to the compost pile, not the landfill.
- Spent grain from the brewery is used by local farmers to feed cattle.
- Our wine goes into Ecobottles, which are made in the U.S.A., and use less glass than traditional bottles, cutting down on the weight, space and resources needed to transport them. They are made of nearly 66% recycled glass.
- The winery uses a geothermal system for heating and cooling.
- Exhaust air goes through an energy recovery heat exchanger.
- The heat from the Kitchen heats the rest of the winery in the winter.
- The winery building is made mostly of metal, with between 30 percent and 80 percent recycled content. It is infinitely recyclable.
- A high insulation value throughout the winery means we require less energy for heating and cooling.
- We recycle plastic, glass, aluminum, newspaper, and office paper.
- We offer only fresh water and glasses in the tasting room–no bottled water.
- All the wine bottles from our tasting room go into the recycling bin, eventually to be turned into more bottles.
- Our to-go containers are made from recycled paper, not Styrofoam.
- We were the first company in South Dakota to offer wine on tap. 1 wine keg = 26 bottles. Each keg saves 2,340 lbs of trash from the landfill over its lifetime.
- Our lights are controlled by motion sensors, so we’re lighting only the areas that need to be lit.
- Our tasting room is lit by LED bulbs, which are 90 percent more efficient than the incandescent bulbs they replaced. Not only do they use 90 percent less electricity, they produce 90 percent less heat that the cooling system has to remove.
- Much of the produce we use in our Kitchen travels just 12 miles, from a family-owned greenhouse near Keystone, SD.
- We use mostly native plants in our landscaping. These are adapted to our climate and thrive with little supplemental water and no additional fertilizer.
- All the rock in our landscaping is sourced within 10 miles of the winery.
Whether your making ham, roasted lamb, or beef this Easter Sunday, we’ve put together a guide for pairing your favorite Prairie Berry Winery wines with your Easter dinner.
Wine tasting doesn’t have to be intimidating. By using the 5 S’s (see, swirl, sniff, sip, and savor), you’ll be able to get the most out of any glass of wine, especially Prairie Berry Winery wine. Not only will you be able enjoy the wine more, but you’ll gain an appreciation for it.
SEE: What color is it?
Look at the wine. Notice if the wine is clear and brilliant or cloudy and dull. A wine’s color is better judged by putting it against a white background. Colors give the taster clues to the grape variety, and whether the wine was aged in wood. Typically, wine that had been oak aged is darker in color.
The intensity of color within each varietal gives the drinker an idea of how the wine will taste. As a general rule, color saturation tends to go hand in hand with flavor intensity.
SWIRL: Give it air.
Swirl the wine a couple times. Heavy wines will be deeper in color and generally more intense on the nose. Sweeter wines, being denser will leave thick, viscous streaks (called legs) down the inside of the glass when swirled.
SNIFF: What do you smell?
Smell is the main sense used in wine tasting, so sniffing the wine before tasting is essential. A wine’s quality can be judged by its nose and taste. Consider what you are smelling. What does the aroma remind you of? Fruits or vegetables? Herbs or spices?
SIP: What do you taste?
Take a slightly larger sip than usual and hold the wine in your mouth for 3-5 seconds letting it coat the surface. It is here that the complex taste experience and characteristics of a wine actually happen. Look for sweetness, fruitiness, saltiness, acidity, bitterness, and alcohol. What’s your overall impression? Does any component over power the others or is the wine is balanced?
SAVOR: Does the taste linger?
The finish is the sensation you get from actually swallowing the wine and it can be very different from the taste you get on your palate. What you want to look for is an alcohol taste and the length of time the wine taste stays with you. This length of time is called the finish and some wines can linger for as long as a minute.
Now that you’ve learned the 5 S’s of wine tasting , why not throw a wine party and share your new knowledge with a friend!
When you walk into an establishment and you see the staff laughing and having fun, it makes you feel right at home. You might even wonder, “Why are they so happy?”
“It’s the people that we work with, and the people that we meet working here,” is what makes Riann Reurink cheerful at her position as an Events Associate at our Prairie Berry East Bank location.
RJ Burchatz also chimed in to say that the, “Business buys confidence in you as an employee, and as an employee you can share in the values that the organization has.” By hiring staff based on our values, this makes for a work environment where people can truly be themselves while working together to achieve one goal.
Come into one of our locations and get the experience for yourself! Even better, apply for a seasonal position with Prairie Berry and get the experience firsthand!