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 $149, you get a two-night stay for two and six bottles of locally made wine (up to a $341.75 value) at Valiant Vineyards Winery in Vermillion.
Valiant Vineyards Winery is one of South Dakota's oldest wineries, and offers a procession of wine-related festivities and housing throughout the year. Before indulging in the flow of the winery's locally made elixirs, bed-and-breakfasters can take shelter in one of Valiant Vineyards' five comfortable and elegant rooms, such as the rustic Frontier Room (a $100/night value), a spacious confine filled with two queen mattresses framed by bare-wood bed posts and swathed in warm quilts. Recently married and sepia-toned couples from the 1950s can opt for the Honeymoon Suite (a $105/night value), a large room housing a king-size bed with satiny, red comforters and an in-room Jacuzzi tub.
After breakfast, served from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., guests of Valiant Vineyards can meander into the tasting room to sample what the vino virtuosos do best. Free wine tastings are offered daily May through December or Friday through Monday the rest of the year, enabling tipplers to choose six bottles from the array of wines made on the premises. Savor the artisan cabernet, a dry red wine that boasts a full-bodied and fruity character (a $16.95 value), or the semidry Canyon Lake white, tailor-made with a lighter flavor that complements freshly caught fish and compliments the ensemble of its imbiber (a $16 value). Wine cases may include one bottle of Valiant Vineyards' signature wild grape wine (a $32 value).
Great Dakota Wine Fest
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.
1500 W Main St.
Vermillion, South Dakota 57069Get Directions