Romantic Weekend Getaways for Wine Lovers
January 29, 2013
You don’t have to travel to Napa Valley in Northern California or the Italian countryside of Tuscany to experience the flavors, bodies, and aromas of on-location red and white wines. Luckily, western South Dakota is home to several unique wineries, all located in close proximity in the heart of the Black Hills. If a romantic weekend getaway full of locally-grown grapes is just what your pallet calls for this Valentine’s Day, a trip to the Central Hills might be in order.
Believe it or not, the northern Black Hills climate is suitable for the healthy and abundant growth of numerous varieties of grapes. That’s not to mention a surplus of flavorful, native fruits that make Black Hills wines uniquely local. Wild plums, apples, buffalo berries, chokecherries, rhubarb, raspberries, and crab apples speckle the countryside of awe-inspiring mountains and heavy Ponderosa Pine.
Highway 385 provides a one-track roadway that carries you through the center of the Black Hills’ wine country. This drive is for avid sightseers who don’t mind a little meandering through appealing wilderness and awe-inspiring rock formations. All in all, it’s an ideal way to journey through the beautiful Black Hills region made for perfect romantic weekend getaways.
As you make your way through interesting Black Hills attractions, keep the following fruitful pit stops in mind:
Prairie Berry Winery of the Black Hills
Prairie Berry Winery is a family owned and operated facility with a pedigree for winemaking. With a convenient central location on the outskirts of Hill City, tourists and locals flock all year round to join in celebrating five generations of award winning wines. With 15+ grape, honey, and fruit-infused brands that are offered for both tasting and sale, there’s a little something for all preferences at Prairie Berry!
Palmer Gulch Tip: sample something singularly sweet with the renowned ‘Red Ass Rhubarb’ wine while you wait for the chic and stylish Euro-Deli to deliver your delectable lunch.
Stone Faces Winery of the Black Hills
Stone Faces Winery is only a short trip away from your first stop—in fact; it’s just down the road from Prairie Berry! Stone Faces is a newcomer to the Black Hills winery scene—yet in its short time in operation, it’s proved its grapes to be a fierce competitor for local and imported tastes. As an added draw, Stone Faces Winery uses distinctive and inventive labels to showcase the flavors, bodies, and aromas to be found inside their bottles. In addition, the winery is housed in a welcoming little abode that speaks volumes of the location’s charm and appeal.
Palmer Gulch Tip: operating hours will depend on the season. If you’d like to taste what Stone Faces Winery has fermenting, be sure to check on availability at their website!
Belle Joli’ Winery of the Black Hills
According to their website, the Belle Joli’ Winery boasts “South Dakota-made wine… made for wine drinkers.” Owned and operated by Jackson Winery and Vineyards, these exquisite tastes are pressed from grapes grown on 20 acres of fertile land on the Belle Fourche River. Once harvested, the raw product is crafted into delicious bottles at the winery in Deadwood, SD. To visit the actual vineyard near Belle Fourche, a reservation must be made. However, the winery location in Deadwood features a tasting room for those merely stopping through for a hearty glass of white or red to cleanse their palette.
Palmer Gulch Tip: for the unique and authentic taste of cold-weather grown South Dakota grapes, stop by the tasting room of the Belle Joli’ Winery … and consider joining the harvest in the fall of 2013!
Naked Winery of the Black Hills
When you’re ready to shake things up, head off to the Naked Winery where they dress their grapes up in risqué labels. Read the fun, and somewhat badly-behaved, wine descriptions that “aim to tease,” as their tagline promises. Naked Winery offers several varieties of wine preferences, including reds, whites, pinks, and fruit wines, to make up one of the naughtiest Black Hills attractions.
Palmer Gulch Tip: not a fan of fermented grapes? Check out their selection of bottled craft beers…because Naked is for all tastes! That is excepting young children, of course. We wouldn’t recommend the Naked Winery as an ideal place to bring the kids.
If you’re looking for a romantic way to spend this Valentine’s Day, why not surprise your significant other with a wine tasting weekend away in the Black Hills? Your getaway is complete with a stay in the Presidential Suite of the Palmer Gulch Lodge or any of our other romantic executive lodges surrounded by the beauty of nature. All are complete with a cozy fireplace and a coveted level of solitude that invites you to cuddle up and get close for the evening….just add roses and a box of chocolates!
About the Palmer Gulch Resort
The Black Hills provide ample opportunities for wintertime adventure, and the executive lodges, open all year round, at the Palmer Gulch Resort are here to serve as your snowy home away from home. To learn more about Palmer Gulch Resort, or to make a reservation, visit our website at www.palmergulch.com or call 1-800-562-8503. Information packets are available for group gatherings, as well as GPS directions and maps of the area.
Last Modified: 06/25/2014 12:22:02 pm MDT