No matter where you are in the Black Hills, good wine is only a short drive away! With cold temperatures upon us, it’s the perfect time to venture indoors and enjoy some Black Hills wine.
While you can start anywhere in the hills, if you’re looking for a full day of wine tasting I’m going to suggest starting in Hill City and working your way north. During the summer months you can also find Naked wine in Custer and Keystone, but those locations are closed during the Winter.
In Hill City there are three choices to start off your wine adventures. Prairie Berry became South Dakota’s second commercial winery in 1998 and has been fermenting locally sourced wine ever since. Utilizing chokecherries, buffaloberries, wild plums, currants and anything else that grows native to South Dakota, Prairie Berry surely has something for everyone’s tastes. Fifth generation winemaker Sandi Vojta even brought her Czech heritage to South Dakota in 2014 when they released their Anna Pesä wines based on traditional European wines.
Just down the road in Hill City you can feel a little naughty at Naked Winery. Whether you’re drinking their Vixen Syrah, Naked Pinot Noir, or Fling Gewurztraminer the wines at Naked Winery will provide you with a new experience and are always fun to enjoy. Their light hearted atmosphere and playful staff will be sure to keep you entertained however long you decide to enjoy their presence.
Last but not least in Hill City is Stone Faces Winery, specializing in the South Dakota native grape Vitis Riparia. The native grape, both by itself and blended with other traditional grapes, give Stone Faces a menu that is sure to please all palates.
Once you’ve had your fill in Hill City, I recommend taking the scenic route through the Black Hills on Highway 385 up to Deadwood and making a stop at the Belle Joli Tasting Room. Another winery that focuses on locally grown resources, Belle Joli owns their own vineyard north of Spearfish and grows all their own grapes. Bringing California wine culture and knowledge to South Dakota you will definitely not be disappointed with what you taste here. After indulging in what the Tasting Room has to offer, head East to their Sparkling House outside of Sturgis for a completely different take on those same South Dakota grapes.
As the day starts to wind down and the wineries close their doors, head to Spearfish if you wish to enjoy a wonderful atmosphere and great company. The Spearfish Creek Wine Bar is open late and serves regional, national, and international wines. They have a great meat and cheese tray if you’re looking for some food before heading home, and on certain weekends you may hear local bands performing on their main stage.
Whether you hit all the wineries in my list or just a few, the Black Hills wine community is a great way to spend any day. Always be sure to call ahead or check websites for exact times of operations, especially around the holidays. And most importantly, be sure to drink responsibly and always have a sober driver.