Tucker's Walk Vineyard takes its name from an afghan hound named Tucker. Tucker often led his owners Dave and Sue Greenlee on walks through the property, a former farm, stopping to bask in the sunlight and scenery. Thanks to these canine-led excursions, the Greenlees began to see their property's potential as a leisure destination. As a result, they started planting grapevines, and in 2010, they obtained a federal permit as a bonded winery.
Tucker passed away several years ago, but his legacy lives on. Visitors today continue to explore his favorite scenic spots, and wine connoisseurs visit to taste award-winning wines fermented from the vineyard's cold, hardy grapes. Among those wines are Marquette, a bold, dry red, and Brianna, a fruity white with a pineapple nose. The Greenlees also ferment fruits, such as rhubarb and wild plums, into unique fruit wines.
Cuisine Type: Winery and brewery with kitchen
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Wine and beer tastings
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only
What?s the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
We always get how much fun it is, [with people saying]: "This place is great," [and] "I never had so much fun doing a wine tasting."
Has your business won any awards?
We have won many awards for the wine and beer.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
[It's] limited, but what we do is good. Nothing [is] fried; [it's] all done in stone ovens [and] all ingredients are fresh.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We make sure that customers have a fun experience. We take photos of them holding all kinds of signs. We also take care of kids with ice cream tastings.
All bases of wine production, procurement, and enjoyment are covered at the Great Dakota Wine Fest. Guests can practice age-old winemaking techniques by hopping into a barrel and stomping grapes or by stabbing each one with an empty quill. Then, upon entering the wine tasting room, they can grab a wine glass emblazoned with the Great Dakota Wine Fest logo and begin testing pours from various South Dakota winemakers, all while live performances from various musicians add melodious din to the spirited sipping and schmoozing.
The first vines at the family-owned Wilde Prairie Winery were planted back in 1997. Today the property's rolling hills host more than 2,000 vines, from which the family plucks the grapes that accompany other fruits in flavoring their eclectic range of wines. Along with more traditional reds and whites, Wilde Prairie?s team handcrafts pear wines, honey-raspberry wines, and even blends with strawberry and rhubarb.
Samples abound at the winery itself, whose scenic surroundings host tastings, monthly concerts, and annual happenings such as the Festival of Artists.
The Bluffs Golf Course plots a 6,684-yard path through groves of trees and around waterways for a challenging 18-hole layout. A session at the onsite driving range prepares swings and sleep-deprived 9-irons in time for the upcoming pin-hunting odyssey, where water comes in play on five of the first six holes. Duffers can redeem a disappointing round at the 18th hole, a 570-yard behemoth that entices aggressive, satisfying drives and lacks the aquatic hazards that temper bold play on prior holes. A relatively difficult course when played from the tips, the course offers four color-designated tee options to cater to players of all handicaps as well as those with an irrational allegiance to red.
Course at a Glance:
18-hole, par 72 course
Length of 6,684 yards from the farthest tees
Course rating of 72.5 from the farthest tees
Slope rating of 128 from the farthest tees
Four tee options