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Valiant Vineyards Winery

Valiant Vineyards Winery Valiant Vineyards Winery began over a decade ago when Eldon and Sherry Nygaard set out to establish the first winery in South Dakota. In 1993, they planted a small vineyard on land over-looking Turkey Ridge Creek in Turner County, South Dakota. Pioneer settlers who homesteaded the land in the 1880s named the creek. Eldon's ancestors had farmed the land for more than a century. The bold heritage and pioneering spirit of those early Americans is again found in the wines bottled by Valiant Vineyards. At the time the Nygaard's wanted to establish a winery, there was no enabling legislation, so they authored a farm winery bill and caused it to be introduced in the South Dakota Legislature in 1996. The bill was passed and signed into law in July of 1996 and Valiant Vineyards became Farm Winery No. 1. Valiant wines are crafted in the passionate tradition of old-world winemakers. Using the finest South Dakota fruits and grapes, Eldon creates premium wine through classic winemaking techniques including malactic fermentation, barrel aging, and cellaring to bring forth the natural character of the fruit. Valiant Vineyards' "Wild Grape" wine has become world famous in that it is sold in the finest wine shop in Paris, France and is on the wine list of Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, Inc. Wild Grape has been written up in the Wine Spectator, Time Magazine, New York Times Newspaper and USA Today. Wild Grape is made from Vitis Riparia native to South Dakota and handpicked on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation and other untouched natural areas. Our signature wine Wild Grape is truly organic and makes a unique big red wine.


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1500 West Main Street, Vermillion, SD, US, 57069 Email:
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  Apple Wine
Made from locally grown apples, and aged in 15-year-old whiskey barrels to create a unique whiskey flavored sweet apple wine. It is excellent with smoked, spicy or barbecued food.
  Cock n Hen
This complex white table wine is sophisticated, voluptuous, layered, and full-bodied. It is the result of a proprietary blend designed by winemaker Eldon Nygaard to compliment pheasant or game bird dishes. Rich and spicy with dazzling persistence of flavor. South Dakota Native and Wildlife Artist, Joshua Spies painted the pheasants flying around the bottle.
A semi-dry wine crafted from a blend of three French-American Hybrids: Kay Gray, La Crosse, and Seyval. Good acidity holds the sweetness for a nice elegant finish. Serve chilled or at room temperature with a meal of salmon or chicken.
  Full Throttle
Extreme fortified wine-for the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis.
This sweet German-style wine is crafted from Edelweiss grapes. It is mildly fruity and similar to Riesling. It is perfect to serve with lutefisk, lefsa and cheese or simply enjoy by itself. Serve chilled.
Named after South Dakota's state flower. This wine achieves an excellent balance between sugar and acidity bringing out the grape's rich, full refreshing flavors with overtones of early summer berries and pleasing aromas of cut grass. This is the Midwest's answer to white zinfandel. Serve chilled before a meal or with a meal of pork or pasta.
  Raspberry Wine
These berries are picked at the height of ripeness trapping in exceptionally sweet flavors and bursting with juice. The wine is handcrafted in a manner that captures the rich red fruit flavor and aroma. Serve it chilled after a dinner with a rich chocolate dessert, cheesecake, over ice cream, or mix it half and half with ginger ale for a delicious cooler.
  Spiced Apple Wine
Valiant Vineyards distributes this holiday wine from Thanksgiving to New Years. Sweet and spicy, it can be served piping hot as mulled wine or chilled. When warmed, its cinnamon aroma will fill the air with holiday cheer. Great by itself or with holiday fare. Best served after an outdoor activity!
A Merlot with aromas of dark berry fruits and a slightly earthy quality unfold to reveal complex layers of dark cherry and juicy berry finish with a note of tangy blue berry in the lingering, flavorful finish. Serve with chocolate, assortments of cheese and red meats.
  Turkey Ridge Creek American Blush
A delicious proprietary blend with mouth watering cotton-candy aromas. The juicy, fruit flavors and smooth texture are reminiscent of "peaches and cream" with an excellent balance of natural sweetness and crisp acidity. Served chilled by itself or with a meal of ham, turkey or pork.
  Turkey Ridge Creek Chardonnay
A complex vanilla-oak aroma with a core of green apple and citrus fruit flavors. The creamy texture carries a hint of carmel though a long toast, oak-spice finish. TRC Chardonnay would compliment any meal featuring chicken or fish.
  Turkey Ridge Creek Merlot
Aromas of ripe plum with hints of bell pepper and dusty leather lead to flavors of dark fruits with a lightly herbal character. TRC Merlot should be served at room temperature with elegant dishes.
  Turkey Ridge Creek Shiraz
Turkey Ridge Creek Shiraz has a bright nose of coffee and mulberry with spice nuances. With layers of forward fruit on the palate, the wine opens up to ripe flavors of dark cherry, blackberry, currants and hints of toasty oak with a nice tannin structure. The finish is spicy with a hint of cardamom that perfectly suits this wine.
  Turkey Ridge Creek Zinfandel
Complex aromas and flavors open up to reveal rich raspberry and strawberry fruit with a pepper spice component. The wine is big, rich and chewy with a dry, almost chalky finish. Compliments a meal of prime rib, buffalo, elk and other rich meats.
  Vermillion Red
A semi sweet wine that provides a lively, spice-infused mouthfeel. With hints of plum and cinnamon vitality, this wine can be served chilled or at room temperature with ham, pork, rabbit, or duck.
  Wild Grape Wine
Signature wine. Grapes harvested in the wild.


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John Smith says...
Was at the winery today. Owner jumped all over the help in front of the customers what an ass hole. Then he expects customers to buy stuff there. Besides his wine sucks