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“Wonderful visit” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Prairie Berry Winery

Prairie Berry Winery
23837 Hwy 385, Hill City, SD 57745-6517
605-574-3898
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Ranked #1 of 22 restaurants in Hill City
Price range: $10 - $15
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Delivery
Description: A modern winery with elements that point to the family's five generations of South Dakota winemaking experience. Just a few miles from Mount Rushmore, with patio seating, hip heritage decor in the Tasting Room and Kitchen dining areas. Free tasting of our award-winning wines, from dry reds to sweet fruit. Fresh, gourmet food from our Kitchen. Open daily, year-round. Closed New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
1 review
“Wonderful visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

We are gen 5 club members and in the Black Hills for vacation. We never miss an opportunity to visit Prairiie Berry Winery. Our hostess was Nancy in the Gen5 room. Nancy was wonderful. I can't say enough good things about our time with her. Her knowledge about the wine and food pairing. Very sweet personality our children even said she was very nice. Thank you Nancy it was very enjoyable visit. Yes, we did buy wine. One case!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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PrairieBerryWinery, Sr. Branding & Marketing Associate at Prairie Berry Winery, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Yes, we love Nancy, too! She does a great job of treating our guests like family. It means so much to us that you cared enough to take the time to share your thoughts and mention our staff by name. Your feedback is highly valued! I know that Nancy is very happy that you named her. Thank you again!
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“great wine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

we have been to prairie berry each time we visit the Black hills and just love it. Great tasting wines

Visited July 2013
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PrairieBerryWinery, Sr. Branding & Marketing Associate at Prairie Berry Winery, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thank you so much for being a loyal fan! Of course, Prairie Berry Winery started with wine long before we offered food and events, and love that it is our wine that continues to pull you back! We know there are so many places for you to spend your time and money when you come to the Black Hills, and appreciate that you find us worth both! Thank you!
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Columbus, Nebraska
1 review
“Just as advertised”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Went there for wine tasting and had alot of fun and yes we purchased some wine. Very lovely building with outdoor dining. Food looked awesome but we did not eat there.

Visited July 2013
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PrairieBerryWinery, Sr. Branding & Marketing Associate at Prairie Berry Winery, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thank you so much for visiting Prairie Berry! We're glad that you found your experience consistent with our messaging and advertising. We hope you enjoy your wine at home as much as you enjoyed your visit and that you'll get a chance to try our food sometime. Thanks again for your response. Cheers!
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Bend, OR
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“Delightful, family friendly, accessible, surprisingly good wine, great deli - highly recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

American military history, a famous murder and wine making all factor in to this review. Specifically, the year 1876 which was a memorable one in what was then the Dakota Territory. General Custer and his men from the 7th Cavalry rode from Dakota to their end at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in the Unceeded Territory to the north. Wild Bill Hickok was shot in the back while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood. And Czechoslovakian immigrant Ana Pesa Vojta was making wine at her Dakota Territory farm. The latter a business kept alive by her family and 137 years later it is thriving as Prairie Berry Winery.

In our recent tour through this part of our country, we visited all three of the above. If you think Prairie Berry doesn't belong on the memorable sites list for a stop in, it may be because you haven't been in.

This is a great winery facility, producing some "durned good" wines if one sets aside oenophile perspectives. Not to mention uber friendly staff at the tasting bar, a wonderful deli making very good food for eat in or take out, a gift store with all kinds of great things to look at for home and kitchen and a delightful outdoor patio to enjoy sipping wine (for sale by bottle and glass) or dining on the deli delights, plus a family friendly and fully accessible site. Oh yes , ample parking (including accessible - aka ADA - parking which is as rare as hen's teeth in this part of South Dakota) and sparkling clean restrooms with very cool sinks. Seriously.

BOTTOM LINE:
If you are visiting Mt. Rushmore or Custer State Park, highly recommend you visit Prairie Berry. We went in twice during our four day stay.

WINE TASTING:
A large tasting room and retail space, you'll be greeted at the door immediately on entry asking if this is your first visit, inviting you to try the wine (if age is right), introducing you to their local award winning deli, and encouraging you to enjoy the gift shop for samples of local goodies like honey and jam.

The friendly and knowledgeable folks at the tasting bar will hand you a tasting card of all of the wines (both grape produced and other fruit produced) and you are invited to choose several (five or seven?) with no fee.

WINES:
The most well known Prairie Berry Wine is a blend of raspberry and rhubarb that has a label name that Trip Advisor won't allow in reviews given the name for donkey is one TA apparently considers profanity. No kidding. But, in fact the label for same with donkey is featured in most marketing materials including the winery entry sign. See photos. .

My husband and I are pretty serious wine drinkers and we found a lot to like here. Including the most famous but which TA will not let me name in this review and many of the other fruit wines which were much, much better than I anticipated. Great chilled summer beverages. My favorite, rhubarb fiend that I am, was Uncle Ralph's Rhubarb. Off dry and luscious. Also enjoyed the semisweet Poker Face blend of pear and pineapple. Nice acid balance in all of the fruit wines. My husband enjoyed a couple of the grape based red wines.

Bottle prices are reasonable and run from roughly $10 to $25. By the glass pours are $6 to $8 depending on wine.

PATIO:
A lovely place to linger and refresh with a beverage and order from the Deli. Ample number standard height tables and chairs, easily useable by everyone.

DELI:
Good, wholesome food was at a premium in the Black Hills based on our experience. The deli here was one of the two best experiences we had. The two chefs know their stuff! They buy their greens and veggies from a local garden when they can. They roast their own meats. They bake their own desserts. They choose their cheeses carefully.

There are options here from small plates to soups to salads to sandwiches to pizzas to desserts, all in house made, that would be appealing for visitors from vegans to vegetarians to omnivores. Kid's menu here too and soft beverages available.

We enjoyed dine in on the patio one day with glasses of wine and shared bruschetta with olive salad, goat cheese and mushroom duxelle ($13) and finished with a wickedly good, dense piece of chocolate cake with ganache frosting ($7). On another day we took away a pulled pork sandwich on house made foccacia bread ($10) and a side of new potato salad with vinaigrette dressing ($7) which easily fed the both of us. For the food quality and serving sizes, my husband and I thought it one of the two best values in the area.

Kitchen hours 11a - 7:30p daily in summer.

ACCESSIBLE & FAMILY FRIENDLY:
ADA compliance seems ignored in many retail places in the Black Hills. It is well observed here. Universally accessible for people of all abilities and ages. Kid friendly too

THIS N THAT:

1) TUNES: During the summer season they have music events on the lawn below the main winery building at times.

2) MORE TUNES: Background music mix at this tasting room and retail shop was a great one with a mix of artists including David Bowie, Johnny Cash, Adele, and The Rolling Stones all set at a just right level.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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PrairieBerryWinery, Sr. Branding & Marketing Associate at Prairie Berry Winery, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
What an incredible response to what we offer as our Prairie Berry Winery experience! Thank you so much for your kind words. The fact that you visited twice in four days is truly humbling. Thank you for taking the time to visit, learn, enjoy and share your in-depth review through TripAdvisor!
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“What a wonderful surprise!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

We stopped at Prairie Berry on a whim, and what a wonderful surprise it turned out to be for us. My husband assumed he would hate it, because he "doesn't like wine." We are now carrying 7 bottles home to Iowa...4 of which were his requests! Great staff, beautiful location and surprisingly great wine. Definitely joining the wine club and can't wait for a return visit!!!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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PrairieBerryWinery, Sr. Branding & Marketing Association at Prairie Berry Winery, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop at Prairie Berry, and for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor. We appreciate it greatly and are thrilled you found us a "wonderful surprise." Thank you again for telling your story!
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