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Comments Off on Tutorial: Pumpkin Wine Bottle Chiller

Bring something new to your harvest dinners or Halloween parties this autumn. Pumpkin wine bottle chillers are easy to make, take advantage of the abundant supply of pumpkins, and are great party conversation starters. Oh, and they’re the perfect holders for Prairie Berry Winery wines! Follow the directions below to create a pumpkin wine bottle chiller for your upcoming party.

Step 1: Gather your materials.

For this project, you’ll need a large pumpkin that can hold 2 or 3 bottles of wine and ice. You will also need a knife and a spoon. And, of course, you’ll need the wine – Pumpkin Bog is the natural fit for this project.

Step 2: Cut the pumpkin.

Rather than cutting a small circle around the stem as you would when carving a pumpkin, cut a larger circle lower on the pumpkin. This provides a larger opening to accommodate the wine bottles.

Step 3: Remove the innards.

Using a large spoon, scoop out the pumpkin’s innards, including the seeds. If needed, widen the opening by cutting away some of the pumpkin’s flesh with a knife. Discard the seeds or wash and save them for roasting.

Step 4: Add the ice.

Dump a large scoop of ice into the bottom of the pumpkin. Arrange the wine bottles in the ice as desired and add a little more ice around the bottles. Let the wine chill as your guests admire the creative party decoration. Cheers!

Click here to shop for seasonal wines to serve at your upcoming fall parties.


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Comments Off on Attend Prairie Berry East Bank’s Pumpkin Pairing Class

Gather your friends and attend our Pumpkin Pairing class at Prairie Berry East Bank on October 22 from 6–7 p.m. in our Generation5 Wine Club Lounge.

Attend the class and celebrate autumn in Downtown Sioux Falls while you learn tips for pairing fall foods with your favorite seasonal wines and craft beers.

We’ll be featuring Pumpkin Bog, Prairie Berry Winery’s most popular seasonal wine and Imperial Pumpkin Porter, Miner Brewing Company’s newly released seasonal craft beer. Each attendee will receive full glasses of Pumpkin Bog and Imperial Pumpkin Porter as well as suggested food pairings for each fermented beverage.

Tickets are $20 per person. Tickets for Generation5 Wine Club members are $15 per person.

Reserve your space soon as the event is limited to 20 attendees.

Call (605) 496-7175 or stop by Prairie Berry East Bank to purchase your tickets.


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Comments Off on Prairie Berry Crush Season 2014 is Here!

Each season brings new happenings to the winery, but this time of year is extra special. It’s crush season at Prairie Berry Winery!

Starting in mid-August, our crush pad comes to life as shipments of grapes from our grower partners arrive. After being heartily welcomed with cheers and applause, the grape varieties are crushed, pounded, and sent along the path of transformation into the wines our guests will soon enjoy.

Brianna grapes arrive

The first crush day of 2014 happened on August 22 with a shipment of Brianna grapes from Lewis & Clark Lake Vineyard near Yankton, SD. We’ve worked with the vineyard’s owners, Greg and Muriel Stach, for many years and their harvest made for a great kickoff to the season, complete with party hats and noise makers.

Brianna, a white wine grape, produces medium-sized clusters that mature early in the season to a greenish gold to golden bronze tone.

The Brianna grape canes at Lewis & Clark Vineyard are combed or trained twice a year and are leaf-plucked around the clusters. This allows the clusters to fully bask in the sun, which brings out Brianna’s characteristic fruity flavors. Weekly rain at Lewis & Clark Vineyard since late May led to lush and vigorous grape growth, says Greg, and was a nice turn from the past few years, which were marked by unrelenting drought.

“We had 20 pickers helping us harvest the grapes this year,” says Greg. “It rained an inch the day and night before harvest, which made for soggy conditions, but the pickers were in good cheer in spite of the heat and high humidity.”

Crush season continues

The 2014 crush season has continued after that first shipment, and each arrival of grapes has brought celebrations, and a few surprises.

A late summer thunderstorm delayed the crushing of our Marquette grapes but, after a few pints of Miner Brewing beer, we pushed through.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather on September 3 for crushing the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that will become the next batch of 3Rednecks.

“We are excited to have the hybrid grape volumes slowly rebound from the drought,” says Sandi Vojta, Prairie Berry’s winemaker. “South Dakota has unusual challenges for grape growing and we embrace that in our winemaking style.”

As we dream of how the wine from this season’s grape harvests will taste, we also take time to celebrate our guests, supporters, and dedicated team members. Your support is what keeps the winery going and growing. Cheers and happy harvesting!

Click here to see which Prairie Berry Winery wines are currently available.


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Comments Off on Changes happening at Prairie Berry East Bank

We’ve made a few changes at Prairie Berry East Bank, including new hours and menu offerings, to prepare for the opening of our Epicurean Bar. These changes will allow us to better provide you with a destination where you can sip, savor and enjoy all the flavors of Prairie Berry.

Our new hours are:

  • Mon.–Sat., 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Sun., 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Our Gen5 Wine Club Lounge, located in the lower level of Prairie Berry East Bank, is open:

  • Wednesday, 1–6 p.m.
  • Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stop in any day of the week between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to order from our full lunch menu. From 3 p.m. until close, enjoy small plates and appetizers to share including pizzas, cheese boards, charcuterie boards, olives, hummus, chips and guacamole and our trio of spreads. Enjoy our Prairie Berry Winery wines and Miner Brewing beers and browse our Marketplace’s gourmet selections from open to close every day of the week.

We’re also now booking more corporate and private events in our upper level and in our Gen5 Wine Club Lounge. If you’re a wine club member, we’ll waive the event rental fee for our wine club lounge. Call (605) 496-7175 to learn more and to plan your next event with us.

Other exciting changes are coming this fall including the opening of our Epicurean Bar and the expansion of our Marketplace.

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Comments Off on Gen5 Wine Club Lounge now open at Prairie Berry East Bank

Calling all Generation5 Wine Club members: We have a spot just for you in Sioux Falls! The Generation5 Wine Club Lounge is now open three days per week in the lower level of Prairie Berry East Bank in Sioux Falls. We’re located downtown in the historic Frank Transfer Building just across from the 8th and Railroad retail center.

Enjoy personalized service in a private and relaxed setting while you get to know other wine club members. Stop by for a visit—we’d love to get to know you.

The Prairie Berry East Bank wine club lounge is open:

  • Wednesdays: 1­ – 6 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 11 a.m.­ – 6 p.m.
  • Sundays: 11 a.m. ­– 6 p.m.

Our wine club team is on hand to serve you Miner Brewing craft beers, Prairie Berry Winery wines (including Legacy wines) and a few occasional special extras. Our full kitchen menu is also available and menu selections can be enjoyed in the lounge.

Not a Generation5 Wine Club member yet? Joining is free and easy. Click here to learn more. See you soon!


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Comments Off on A day in the life of Sandi Vojta

If you’re curious what a day for our busy winemaker/brewmaster might look like, you may enjoy reading how she describes it herself for Four Magazine, here.

Our thanks to Eva-Luise Schwarz and Four Magazine, for helping make this possible.


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Comments Off on Prairie Berry Winery awarded 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Hill City, South Dakota – June 11, 2014 – Prairie Berry Winery today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings.  Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

“We really value winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year in a row,” says Prairie Berry LLC Brand and Marketing Manager, Emily Paulson. “The entire team at Prairie Berry Winery strives to treat each guest like a friend or family member while they share about our winery history and products. When guests enjoy what they’ve experienced enough to make it public on TripAdvisor, well we know we’ve done something right. We’d like to thank all of our guests that have taken the time to comment on their experience. Each individual vote of confidence means so much.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”

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TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching nearly 260 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 150 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 39 countries worldwide, including China under TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.


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Comments Off on Prairie Berry Winery heads east to Sioux Falls

Jodi Schwan, 9:12 a.m. CDT May 8, 2014

Prairie Berry Winery will call its new Sioux Falls location Prairie Berry East Bank and be open by June.

The Hill City-based business will be next to Queen City Bakery in the Frank Transfer & Storage Building on East Eighth Street across from the 8th & Railroad Center.

“It’s awesome,” co-owner Matt Keck said. “It was a cool design, and we really wanted to do justice to the space, and I think we pulled it off.”

The company has hired about a dozen people for the Sioux Falls location and has been training them in the Black Hills.

Menu development will start this week. Prairie Berry East Bank will offer lunch items as well as meats and cheeses in a wine-tasting area. There also will be a retail space, event area and lower-level wine club lounge.

Many of the materials used to renovate the space have been reclaimed. There’s wood from an old barn in Sioux Falls and metal from an old cooler delivery truck that was found inside.

“It’s such an eclectic blend, and that’s what we were looking for,” Keck said.

A ribbon-cutting is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. May 28, and the plan is to be open to the public by early June.


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Comments Off on Call for Entries: 2014 Pumpkin Bog Label Art Contest

It’s that time of year again! Since 2010, Prairie Berry Winery has invited South Dakota artists to submit their work to be considered for use on our Pumpkin Bog wine label. As members of the Hill City community we want to do our part to help promote area artists. This is just one way we do that.

Art submissions for the contest are on display at Prairie Berry during the Hill City Art Extravaganza, the Saturday before Mother’s Day, and visitors that day get to vote for their favorite. The winner’s art will be reproduced on the label for Pumpkin Bog in 2014 and they will have an opportunity to show their work at Prairie Berry during the month of October, which we also refer to as Pumpkin Bog Fest.

Below are additional details you need to know if you’re thinking about participating in this event.

Your assignment: Create a piece of art that will grace the label of Pumpkin Bog, our pumpkin/cranberry wine. All two-dimensional mediums are welcome.

Condition: It cannot feature pumpkin, cranberries, wine bottles or wine glasses. And it cannot look like a wine label (no wine name, no logo – our design team adds all of that).

Here are the rest of the guidelines:

Prairie Berry Winery, Hill City, SD, is calling on South Dakota artists to lend their talents for the label of the next release of Pumpkin Bog, their cranberry-pumpkin wine. This wine will be released Oct. 1, 2014 and will be featured during a month-long celebration, called Pumpkin Bog Fest, at Prairie Berry Winery.

Prairie Berry Winery is seeking original artwork to be used on the wine label and possibly other items and promotions.

Criteria and Rights

  • Work must be submitted along with an official Pumpkin Bog Waiver, which can be obtained by contacting Sarah King, or 605-574-9628.
  • No more than 1 submission per artist will be accepted.
  • Work must be submitted in a frame with hanging brackets.
  • Artwork that is designed to look like a wine label will automatically be disqualified. Please don’t add a logo, wine name, etc.
  • Artwork may not include pumpkins, cranberries, wine bottles or wine glasses. Any artwork that includes one or any of these elements will be disqualified.
  • Art may be submitted in any size, but will be reproduced at approximately 2 ½ x 3 5/8 inches, with the logo under the artwork.
  • An alternate size is 2 ½ x 4 7/8 inches, but that would include the Prairie Berry logo being placed across the artwork, usually at the bottom.
  • Artist retains copyright, but gives Prairie Berry permission to use the artwork as they deem necessary, changing the form of the artwork as required by the design of the label, while maintaining the integrity of the artwork.
  • The artist will have the opportunity to view any design featuring their artwork before it is published.
  • Entries can be submitted starting April 18, and must be received by Friday, April 25, 2013.
  • Entries must be picked up by the artist May 12-18.


  • All entries will be displayed at Prairie Berry Winery May 11, 2013 during Art Extravaganza in Hill City. The winner will be announced the following week on Prairie Berry’s Facebook page.
  • Visitors to Prairie Berry during Art Extravaganza may vote on the artwork, with the final artwork selection being made by Prairie Berry staff and a panel of judges.

The winning artist will:

  • Have their biography and a link to their website featured on
  • Have access to a high-resolution digital scan of the original artwork.
  • Retain ownership of the original artwork and may use it as they wish.
  • Receive two cases of Pumpkin Bog wine (a $400 retail value) and a 5 percent discount on any non-wine merchandise featuring their artwork.
  • Have the opportunity to display and sell their artwork (the winning artwork and other pieces) at Prairie Berry during Pumpkin Bog Fest, Oct. 1-31, 2014.
  • Be encouraged to take part in bottle signings and print signings at Prairie Berry during Pumpkin Bog Fest.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah King at 605.574.9628 or via email at

Prairie Berry Winery is excited to utilize the amazing talent in the region and looks forward to receiving entries! Thank you!

Please send or drop off entries to:
Sarah King
Prairie Berry Winery
23837 Hwy 385
Hill City, SD 57745
877.226.9453 or 605-574-9628


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Comments Off on Prairie Berry finalizing plans for Sioux Falls location, hosting job fair

Written by  Jodi Schwan

From the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. ORIGINAL ARTICLE


Jan. 14, 2014

A fermentation bar will be part of the new Prairie Berry in Sioux Falls.

Prairie Berry Winery will hold a job fair this week for its Sioux Falls location, which is scheduled to open by early June.

Prairie Berry’s expansion will be next to Queen City Bakery in the Frank Transfer & Storage Building on East Eighth Street across from the 8th & Railroad Center.

Co-owner Matt Keck said plans are being finalized for the space, which will include a traditional bar area with seating, a retail area and an event room that will offer lunch.

An “epicurean bar” near the center of the space will offer appetizers and a sampling station for how to pair them with wine and beer.

“We don’t have a deep fryer, so it’s not bar appetizers, but we use a lot of different cheeses, goats’ milk, sheep milk, salamis, prosciuttos,” Keck said.

The lower level will include a lounge for Prairie Berry wine club members.

The job fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn City Centre, 100 W. Eighth St.

Full-time positions include a kitchen chef, administrative and accounting associate, wine club associate and retail floor lead position. Part-time jobs are available for retail associates and kitchen sous chefs and dishwashers.

The goal is to finish hiring by April, so employees can be trained before the opening in late May or early June.

Prairie Berry likely will hire six to eight full-time and 15 part-time employees, according to human resources manager Darcy Sales. More might be added as the business opens.A tasting bar will be part of the new Prairie Berry in Sioux Falls.