Prairie Berry Winery in SD Expanding to 135,000 Gallon Capacity
September 11, 2012
The Rapid City Journal in South Dakota reports that Prairie Berry Winery in Hill City, SD will soon begin a multi-million dollar expansion. Prairie Berrry is South Dakota’s largest winery with current annual production of over 90,000 gallons per year. The winery was started by Ralph Vojta and his daughter Sandi in 1998 and moved to its current location in the Black Hills in 2004. According to the South Dakota Ag connection, the expansion will result in a 150% increase in wine production capacity. The expansion was made possible by a USDA Rural Development Guaranteed Business and Industry loan in partnership with Great Western Bank in Rapid City.
Tags: Prairie Berry WineryRalph VojtaSandi VojtaSouth Dakota Wine
Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark's articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines.
Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.
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