Bottles of wine are like people; if you don't take your hand off their necks and just let them breathe, they'll quickly turn blue. Drink deep of rich, red, oxygenated grape blood with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two tickets to the two-day Great Dakota Wine Festival (a $30 value) at Valiant Vineyards in Vermillion on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29. Each ticket includes admission for both days, ten punches for wine samples, and a souvenir wine glass. You must be at least 21 years old with a valid ID to celebrate the fruit juice of adults.
Valiant Vineyards Winery is South Dakota's first and therefore oldest and most emotionally mature winery. Located on the Vermillion River overlooking the Missouri River, the winery is a shrunken head's throw from downtown Vermillion. With ten tastes included in each ticket, visiting palates can sample a collection of South Dakota-made wine and spirits while live music serenades each sip and swish. Your body's secondary mouths, the feet, will also get to assist in the miracle of wine birth by joining in the fun of crushing nature's round juice containers during the grape stomp. Plenty of food vendors stand ready to pair your wine samples with a plethora of delicious foods. Guest chefs, meanwhile, will teach you how to prepare sangria and other surprise edibles during a series of cooking demonstrations. You can even get your picture on a bottle of wine to see if your vinogenic good looks outshine Paul Sorvino's pasta sauce. On Sunday, amateur winemakers will compete for a number of laurels in a dozen categories, although none will be wine-based Double Dare physical challenges. See the full festival schedule here.
Unlike swallowing a backlog of secret spy communiqués before the KGB busts down the door, tasting a variety of wines at the Great Dakota Wine Festival offers appreciable oakiness and a better mouth-feel. Gift today's Groupon to a fellow wine enthusiast so that you have someone to listen to florid appraisals of each varietal you sample.
1500 W Main St.
Vermilion, South Dakota 57069Get Directions