Viticulture in South Dakota

The wine industry in South Dakota has experienced steady growth over the past 10 years, and demand for locally grown, high-quality wine grapes is strong. In addition to the potential market opportunities, some people are attracted to grape growing because they like working outdoors, enjoy working with plants, and enjoy wine. Grapes may be a good alternative crop to traditional agronomic crops, especially on land that is marginal for cultivation. 


  • Grape growers, Have you ever wished you had a chance to design your own online class on grape growings? Are you willing to try different kinds of online tools for learning and networking with other grape growers? If so, I invite you to join our new South Dakota online viticulture learning community.  The goal is to offer growers across our state a convenient venue for seeking and sharing information,  learning from those with in-depth knowledge and identifying emerging issues.  If you are interested, contact Rhoda Burrows.
  • SD Grape Cultivar Cold Hardiness 2011-2012
  • Northern Grapes Project AP Story
  • Fennell (SDSU) and Cramer NBC Learn Changing Planet Grapevines and Drought. Click to view video
  • Fennell, Burrows, He, Ye, ChrisaMari Estates Vineyard, Jackson Vineyard, Louis and Clark Vineyard, and Tucker's Walk Vineyard Cooperate on National Northern Grapes Research Project.
  • Northern Grapes Project update
Anne Fennell
Grape Research and Genomics
254B Northern Plains Biostress Lab
Brookings, SD 57007

Horticulture Extension Specialist
West River Agricultural Center
1905 Plaza Blvd.
Rapid City, SD 57702