The Winery

Our Wine Making Process

Our Family started making wine from every fruit and grape we could get a hold of in 2011. It started in Denver with peaches, cherries, plums, and Apples. We got hooked and inspired to plant the 1st stage of our vineyard in Sturgis on the family farm. In 2012 we were making wine in both locations. Our dads and grandfathers made wine in barrels out of chokecherries and Concord grapes in the basement when we were kids. It seemed like sneaking a little taste was always a fun holiday tradition.

We lightly filter our wines to maintain the natural flavors of all the fruits and grapes. You can expect to see small amounts of sediment in all of our bottles. Our process of making small boutique-style wines is one where we try to use the smallest amount of Sulfites and the much time on the skins as possible. Small oak barrels are used on the reds to help smooth out flavors.

The Red Valley Vineyard in Piedmont, SD managed by the very talented Booze family, supplies us with Brianna, Frontenac Blanc, and St Croix grapes. The next two types of grapes that they are growing that we are very excited about are Petite pearl and Itasca. They should be wine-ready in 2021.

´╗┐On the back of all our wine bottles, there is a picture of the Stone Monument called a stone Johnny. It sits on the hill overlooking the farm. The Stone Johnnies were to sheepherders what lighthouses were to ships on the sea. Sheepherders stacked rocks in the vast prairies of the West so they would be able to find their way home.

Our Winery will expand to one of the large barns on the property in 2020. We have outgrown the Garage and basement where the winery's humble beginnings started it all. 

Grape vines at the DesJarlais Vinyard
Grape vines at the DesJarlais Vinyard

Experience Exquisite Wine Tasting at Our Sturgis Winery!

Wine Tasting Elegance: Enter our outdoor tasting area, where sophistication meets warmth. Surrounded by the scenic beauty of our vineyard, you'll embark on a guided tasting journey led by our knowledgeable sommeliers. Explore the nuances of our varietals, from velvety reds to crisp whites, each glass a revelation of flavors and aromas.

Vineyard-to-Glass Excellence: Our wines are not just made; they're cultivated. Discover the magic of our vineyard-to-glass process as you explore wines crafted from grapes nurtured under the South Dakota sun. Every bottle holds the essence of our terroir, delivering a taste of Sturgis in every pour.

Plan Your Visit: Reserve your tasting experience at our Sturgis winery and embark on a journey of wine, culture, and the essence of the land. It's time to raise your glass to the art of winemaking. Cheers to unforgettable moments!

Joe, serving wine!
Joe, serving wine!

Welcome to Our Fall Wine-Making Festival!

Uncork the Magic of the Season: Join Us for a Grape-to-Glass Celebration! Indulge in the essence of autumn at our Fall Wine Making Festival, where the air is crisp, the grapes are plump, and the atmosphere is filled with the promise of a year's worth of exceptional wine. Join us for a harvest celebration like no other, where you can experience the grape-to-glass journey firsthand.

Crushing & Pressing: Experience the thrill of crushing and pressing grapes, where every squeeze releases the potential for the finest wines. Get your hands dirty as you participate in the traditional winemaking process, turning grapes into liquid gold.

Bottling the Past: Revel in the nostalgia of last year's harvest as you bottle carefully aged wines. Feel the history in your hands as you cork these bottles, each one holding the essence of the previous year's festival and the anticipation of shared moments.

Wine Tasting Extravaganza: Dive into a world of flavors with our extensive wine-tasting sessions. Sample a variety of vintages, from robust reds to crisp whites, each sip revealing the artistry of our winemakers. Discover the nuances, and find your perfect pour.

Family & Friends: Embrace the warmth of friendship and family as you create unforgettable memories together. Share laughter, stories, and the joy of discovering new wines with your loved ones, making this festival an experience to cherish.

At our Fall Wine Making Festival, we invite you to immerse yourself in the art and passion of winemaking. It's more than just an event; it's a celebration of nature, tradition, and the joy of sharing exceptional wines with those who matter most.

Join us for a day of grape-picking, wine-making, tasting, and celebration. Please contact us in advance to coordinate your participation in this festival. Cheers to a fall filled with memories, wine, and the beauty of the harvest season!

The Fall Wine-Making Festival!
The Fall Wine-Making Festival!