Explorer Ponce de León abandoned his quest to discover the mythical land of wine after a tumble into the Fountain of Youth left him eternally underage. Take up his journey with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get two tickets to the two-day Great Dakota Wine Fest at Valiant Vineyards Winery in Vermillion on August 27 and 28 (a $30 value).
The Great Dakota Wine Fest—hosted on the lush estate of South Dakota’s first winery, Valiant Vineyards—shares the flavors of the region. Revelers can glean event information from a two-day schedule of feasting and festivities, which take place beside the tranquil waters of the Vermillion River and entertain crowds with live music, cuisine, and demonstrations of how to navigate a waterfall in a barrel. Upon entry, visitors receive a punch card worth 10 samplings, allowing them to savor the mellow fruits of merlot or the oak-tinged sweetness of chardonnay. Guests can also remove their foot coverings and sink into a barrel of squishiness at the grape-stomping booth. Cooking demonstrations impart nuggets of culinary know-how, and the amateur winemaking contest shines light on the beverage artisans of tomorrow. Each guest also receives a souvenir wineglass for at-home imbibing.