There is no better way to unwind after a stressful week of work than with good friends and good wine. Chardonnay, merlot, pinot noir—every variety of wine is available at the best wine bars across South Dakota. Whatever taste you’re feeling, spend a laid-back evening at these 7 best wine bars in the state.
This remarkable winery makes their wines themselves in the Black Hills. Free wine tasting of up to five wines is available every day of the year. Popular varieties include 3Rednecks, a dry cabernet sauvignon with a palate of rich cherry with light vanilla notes, Calamity Jane wine, a sweet 100 percent Concord grape wine with a smooth finish, Red Ass Rhubarb, a semi-sweet rhubarb and raspberry wine, and Wild Bill Wine, a semi-sweet Catawba wine with notes of fresh plum, lemon, and Concord grape.
This Hill City winery offers a shuttle from Rapid City with complimentary beverages. They offer a wide variety of wines including red, white, sweet, outdoor vino, and fruit wines. The most popular items are the Cougar Semi Sparkling White and Foreplay Chardonnay. It is family-friendly, with ice cream tastings for the kids. Wine tasting, improv nights, dinner theater, live music, and parties are all held at this venue.
Situated in a newly-restored building that is over 100 years-old, this wine bar and restaurant has quickly become a Rapid City favorite! The atmosphere is inviting and you’ll be impressed with the extensive wine and beer list. During the tourist season, make sure to make a reservation!
This quaint neighborhood bar will make you feel right at home! The restaurant is surrounded by a yellow picket fence, the outdoor seating is inviting, and the interior is tasteful and cozy. Live music is hosted frequently. The rotating menu consists of six reds, six whites, and three rose items. Classes are available, such as “Wine 101” and “Wine 202”—which teaches how to read labels and understand the wine community. Appetizers using local ingredients are served.
This Sioux Falls bar is brand new but has already made a big splash. Bin 201 is a full-service bar specializing in wine. The décor is classy and the atmosphere is hip. Some of the most popular selections include Fezter Moscato, Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling, Meiomi Pinot Noir, and Kendall Jackson Chardonnay. This spot also has self-serve wine machines, in which customers can receive a one, three, or five-ounce sample of a large variety of wines.
Conveniently located in the middle of historic downtown Rapid City, this locally owned and operated winery has a huge variety of wines. Featured wines include oaked chardonnay, viognier, and pinot noir. The knowledgeable staff will help you find a wine you love from their oak-aged reds to crisp white wines to sweet desert varieties. Live music is played on the weekend.
Located in the shadow of Mount Rushmore, Grapes & Grinds offers just about everything. They serve bagels, coffee, gelato, fudge, and wine. Prairie Berry selections include Red Ass Rhubarb, Lawrence Elk, Gold Digger semi-sweet white wine made from pears, 3 Rednecks cabernet sauvignon, and Calamity Jane sweet wine. The restaurant is fun for the kids too, with corn hole, a human-sized chessboard, and playground. You come to Grapes & Grinds once, and you’ll be a regular!