3130 County Road M
Tekamah Nebraska 68061United States
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A country vineyard and winery offers fruity vintages and rural ambience about an hour's drive from Omaha and Sioux City.
As a self-described "mom-and-pop true farm winery," this small operation northwest of Tekamah makes up in hospitality for what it lacks in space. Co-owners June and Phil Simpson are on hand to greet visitors and to help them determine which of the more than a dozen available vintages will suit them best. The winery is home to a 3-acre vineyard as well as apple, corn and soybean crops. It offers most of its wines for $4 per glass and less than $18 per bottle. Blends include Silver Fox, St. Croix, Carriage House Red and Prairie Star. We enjoyed the Eleventh Harvest Red and the Edelweiss. The Simpsons started the winery as a way to create a 100-percent Nebraska-grown product and to be able to control that process from beginning to end. Their apple orchards contribute to the wine ingredients, as does the honey from a neighbor's apiary. The tasting room and adjacent deck are open Friday through Sunday only, but the Simpsons will open by appointment. You can find their wines in some Nebraska liquor stores. Wine drinkers who enjoy fruity vintages and just exploring what various small wineries have to offer will have a fun visit here -- particularly if it's on one of the Saturday nights featuring an outdoor concert. For those who want some food with their vino, check the website for the grill menu offered on summer Sundays. For those who really want to become part of the process, the Simpsons recruit volunteers to help harvest the grapes in late August and early September.