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Agricultural Landscape B1 | WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2019 • DAILY NEWS MEDIA



Modern Midwest


Rosholt, South Dakota winery a destination for agri-tourism BY CARRIE MCDERMOTT • DAILY NEWS MEDIA


hen Lisa and Jeremiah Klein purchased a farm property in Rosholt, South Dakota, back in 2012, they had the idea of creating a small hobby vineyard to make their own wine. They had read an article about modern midwest viticulture and it sounded intriguing. Fast-forward to 2019, and the couple now owns a fully operational vineyard and winery business. With the Wind Vineyard and Winery offers 11 different varieties and the couple has plans to introduce four more this year. They have a tasting room and sell locally, around the region, as well as ship to 39 states. They also offer a wine club. Two years ago they expanded their facility which gave them more flexible space for storing inventory and winemaking equipment, as well as giving space for events throughout the year.

Ensuring South Dakota wine is just that The winery is on the South Dakota Wine Trail, and the couple’s business is part of the South Dakota Wineowners Association. Jeremiah Klein holds an officer position in the organization, and has worked to help get legislation passed that ensures wine labeled as produced in South Dakota, is in fact just that. The issue arose when it was revealed that a couple wineries in the state were only shipping their wine, not producing it, but marketing it as being made in South Dakota. “We’re in favor of wineries producing South Dakota wine. The wine must be produced on site, meaning fermenting the juice on site, among other requirements. We do everything here, even the bottling,” Lisa Klein explained. “It means you’re not getting anything that’s pre-fermented.” Last year, Jeremiah Klein testified before House and Senate committees in an effort to defend the integrity of South Dakota wine. He was one of the original opponents to SB187, the Rosholt Review reported in late February 2018. An inter-industry fight ended with a compromise amendment with a one year sunset clause, expiring July 1, 2019. The state now has licensing tiers – a farm winery license, which is intended for smaller, more artisan operations, and allows the winery to distribute the product themselves, but has production limits – and a wine manufacturing license, which has no production limits but must go through a distributor. “Each class of license has its own perks,” Jeremiah explained. “For the farm side, 50 percent has to be SEE VINEYARDS , PAGE B8


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THINGS YOU SHOULD With the Wind KNOW Vineyard and Winery ABOUT

The annual Grape Stomp is biggest in South Dakota

The business offers 11 different wine varieties

Offers a wine club – pick up or have your order delivered

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