Black Hills Wineries and Breweries Guide
Whether you are visiting the Black Hills to see the “Fab Four” at Mount Rushmore or you’re stuck in a bison traffic jam, a trip to this beautiful South Dakota region isn’t complete without stopping at the many Black Hills wineries and breweries. No matter where you are in the Black Hills, there is sure to be a winery or brewery nearby and easy to access.
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Prairie Berry is located in the middle of South Dakota’s beautiful Black Hills and produces some of the region’s best wines, as evidenced by the thousands (yes, thousands) of awards it has won for its wine since opening in 1999.
South Dakota’s climate isn’t exactly ideal grape growing-weather either, but that didn’t stop any of Sandi’s ancestors and certainly hasn’t stopped Sandi today. Instead, they have all used the fruits of the region such as chokecherries, buffaloberries, wild grapes, and wild plums, or South Dakota’s “prairie berries”, as Sandi’s great-great grandmother coined them.
While many of the wines are a bit on the sweeter side, they do have your typical dryer European-style wines to satisfy every palate. With free wine tastings, a full restaurant onsite, and a sister brewery just down the sidewalk (see below), you need to come experience Prairie Berry.
Their best-selling, most award-winning, and most well-known wine is the Red Ass Rhubarb which is a tart mix of raspberries and rhubarb, but actually came about by mistake. Sandi’s dad was helping out in the winery one day and accidentally mixed the wrong fruit into the wine they were making. His face got so red and he felt so terrible that they slapped a donkey on the label and called it Red Ass Rhubarb!
Naked Winery is the sister winery to Sick N Twisted brewery (see below). They are a “naked wine” meaning they don’t add any additional sugars to the wines and they have a lot of fun with the names of the wine too.
We tried Foreplay, an oaky-Chardonnay, which was then followed by Penetration, a 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon. After enjoying such tantalizing flavors, it was only natural that we finished with Climax, an American Red Wine.
Naked Winery figured out that drinking outside is the best and they have a plastic wine bottle, made specifically for taking outside and hiking throughout the Black Hills or wherever you are. Yay to not taking glass into nature!
Firehouse SmokeJumper Station (Firehouse Wine Cellars)
Michael says that, genetically, both he and the grapes are grandsons as the Marquette grapes are descendants of the Pinot Noir. And both are finding their roots under this beautiful South Dakota sun.
As we mentioned, the wine is produced in downtown Rapid City where the original tasting room is, but this satellite tasting room is complete with wine, craft beer (see more below) and a full menu of food.
Bonus: Twisted Pine Tasting Room
Photo Credit: Twisted Pine Facebook
Located on the main downtown street in Hill City, Twisted Pine is the place to go to taste a wide variety of South Dakota wines. Their tasting room features wine from every corner of the state and also has olive oils and cheese to pair with your purchase.
If you are running short on time and can’t make it to all the wineries, this is a great option to be able to taste a variety of Black Hills wineries.
Photo Credit: Grapes & Grind Facebook
Looking to sample local wine for FREE?
Look no further than Grapes & Grinds in Custer.
At Grapes & Grinds, they carry the best of the local Black Hills wineries. In addition to wine, it’s also a coffee bar. Start your day with a coffee and bagel, then move on to the good stuff – wine.
They also have over 10 flavors of gelato so bring the kids for ice cream and treat yourself to some wine, anytime of day! The best part is you can sample 5 wines for free with no strings attached. They also do wine by the glass and bottles to go.
Belle Joli’ Winery’s tasting room is located at the northern end of Deadwood’s Main Street, where all of the fun begins. Planting its first vines back in 2000 in nearby Belle Fourche, SD, the wine-loving family behind Belle Joli’ always wanted to capitalize on the rich soil of the Black Hills and craft a locally-grown-and-produced lineup of wine.
They take pride in producing wines that are grown, harvested, and bottled in and around the Black Hills and believe that the whole wine making process is deeply “rooted” to the heart and soul of the land and celebrates all of nature’s wonders and beauty. Wine always has been a romantic!
Though South Dakota’s climate can present many challenges to grape varietals, Belle Joli’ is embracing its terroir and succeeding so much that they have expanded into making sparkling wine at their sparkling house just up the road in Sturgis.
We aren’t usually the biggest fans of dessert wines, but Belle Joli’ pleasantly surprised us with their Holiday Cheer white wine, whose tasting notes described it as a lollipop or a melting butterscotch, and the Ruby Estate port wine which was a deep cherry and plum flavor with just a hint of caramel.
Bonus: His & Hers Ale House and Wine Bar
Photo Credit: His & Hers Facebook
Can’t decide between local beer or a glass of wine? You don’t have to. You can head over to His & Hers Ale House and Wine Bar to sip on some of their wines as well as find a new friend who likes beer. With local beers on tap, grab yourself a pint or a delicious glass of wine. This is a great place to hang out before the gunfight reenactment in Deadwood.
Many of the brewmasters say that the water in the Black Hills is what gives their beer a unique flavor. The Black Hills have gone through a brewery boom in the last decade and nothing beats sipping on a craft beer with the mountain views!
All of their beers are produced in small, 15-barrel fermenters, which helps them maintain microbrew quality.
Our favorite was the Raspberry Belgian Milkshake. This true dessert beer boasts sweet and creamy fruit notes, not unlike a raspberry creamsicle. Weighing in a 7.3% ABV, this milkshake is sure to leave you smiling.
Prairie Berry Winery, which you read about above, is Miner’s sister and is located directly next door and since it’s on the same property, you can take your beer to the winery or vice versa.
While you might not think of Hill City, South Dakota, as a booze-centric region, that’s clearly what we found during our time in the Black Hills. With Black Hills 4 wineries and 3 breweries within less than 1.5 miles of each other, we had plenty to keep us busy!
And as you might be noticing, some of these locations (3 to be exact) are actually combinations of wineries and breweries under the same roof or right next door to each other, making this a one stop shop for all your booze needs.
Firehouse SmokeJumper Station (Firehouse Brewing Co.)
Much like its sister winery from above (now do you see the trend?), Firehouse Brewing Co.’s beer is made in nearby downtown Rapid City, but you can get all of their craft beer (and wine) offerings here at this satellite tasting room in Hill City, as well as a full menu of food. Firehouse has been brewing craft beer for over 25 years, staking claim to South Dakota’s oldest still-operating brewery. We had a flight of beers, but enjoyed the Firehouse Red the most, a well-balanced Irish red ale.
Mt. Rushmore Brewing attempts to pay homage to its namesake through its local focus on its beer, kitchen and cocktails. In your pursuit of hoppiness, you can visit their taproom in downtown Custer. They source all their grains regionally to support local farmers. They also have a restaurant called Pounding Fathers making this the best spot to sample a bison burger with your locally-sourced grain beers. Talk about supporting local!
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Photo Credit: Jacobs Brewhouse
The Knuckle Brewing Co is located on the main street in downtown Sturgis and is the largest entertainment venue in this town. Claiming to have South Dakota’s longest bar, there will be plenty of room to enjoy a cold craft beer or cocktail. They also have a full menu with standard bar food too. We suggest the nachos, as they were great!
Overall Black Hills Wineries and Breweries
The Black Hills wineries and breweries have something to offer all of your taste and flavor desires. Most of the wineries in the Black Hills also have a brewery attached to it or a stone’s throw away. So no matter your preference, you can find something to sip on. With so many things to do in the Black Hills, be sure to check out our ultimate Black Hills road trip guide to make sure you hit all the highlights!
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