I’m a Jane-come-lately to the whole wine thing. It’s only in the last year or so that I’ve developed an appreciation for the stomped grape. I still don’t understand “legs” or “bouquet”, but I enjoy a glass of red with dinner. Mike doesn’t like wine. He doesn’t even really like beer. He drinks Bud Light, which true beer aficionados scoff at. Even though Mike is not a vinophile, he’s gracious enough to accompany me to the occasional wine tasting.
After our adventure at the Rushmore Tramway, we stopped at Prairie Berry Winery for a free wine tasting. Prairie Berry is a family winery run by fifth generation winemaker Sandi Votja. The large space holds a plethora of wines from dry to dessert, and there are plenty of wine-related gifts to pick up with your bottle. Sample five wines of your choosing gratis and then head over to the deli counter for fresh-made food. (We were lucky and got a counter girl who gave us a couple of extra tastings.)
Prairie Berry’s signature wine is the Red Ass Rhubarb, a sweet-tart wine made from rhubarb and raspberries. It was my favorite of the five wines I tasted, and I bought a bottle I look forward to uncorking soon. Prairie Berry is a super fun place to visit. It was one of the few times I regretted being in the RV and not being able to hold more stuff. I saw lots of goodies I wanted to buy, particularly gifts for my friends and family.
Prairie Berry is open 7 days a week with tastings going on continuously. It’s a nice, quick (we were in and out in a half hour!) stop as you tour Rushmore and environs in South Dakota.