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.
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.
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After some wine, sweat and cheers, our pallets are packed and they’re off to North Dakota!
Cheers to North Dakota!
COZY WINE PAIRINGS
Did you know January is National Soup Month? To celebrate we’ve paired some of your favorite Prairie Berry Winery wines with popular soups. The soup will warm you up and the wine adds an extra note of freshness.
Six wines from Prairie Berry Winery earned honors at the 2017 Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition, bringing the winery’s total to 965 awards since it began entering competitions in 2001 and 27 awards so far in 2017. The Jefferson Cup is a two-day event held near Kansas City, Mo., that features entries from across the country invited as highlights of their regions and styles.
Making its competitive debut, dry red blend Jingle captured a silver medal, as did Lawrence Elk, Raspberry Honeywine, and Red Ass Rhubarb. Red Ass Rhubarb, Prairie Berry Winery’s most decorated wine, brought home its 109th medal. Cranberry and Anna Pesä Meritage 2014 captured bronze medals.
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Too old to trick-or-treat? Probably. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t have some fun on Halloween. Here is your grown-up guide to pairing Halloween candy with Prairie Berry Winery wines.
Happy Hallowine from Prairie Berry Winery!
A chill is in the air and there’s only one thing to do: grab a cozy sweater and a mug of mulled wine.
Mulled Wine Recipe:
- 1 bottle Prairie Berry Winery wine, like Pumpkin Bog or Crab Apple
- 2 T. light brown sugar
- 2 T. Prairie Berry Made Mulling Spice
- 1-2 orange segment
Combine ingredients in a crockpot. Stir gently and set temperature to low. Do NOT boil. Strain and serve. Enjoy!
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.