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Kansas Farm Wineries Offer Unique Experiences

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Isinglass Estate, LaCygne, Kansas Special to Road Trips for Foodies
By Colby Sharples-Terry
For KansasFarmer

From horseback riding to dining to fruit picking, Kansas farm wineries have activities for everyone.

Kansas’ rich history in agriculture has been a large influence in the ever-growing industry of wineries across the Sunflower State. The state’s unique climate and geography make it an ideal location for grape growing, and in recent years Kansas farm wineries have become increasingly popular among locals and tourists alike.

Winemaking in Kansas dates to the mid-1800s, when German immigrants first began planting grapevines in the state. However, the industry suffered setbacks during Prohibition, and devastation of vineyards by pests and disease. It wasn’t until the 1980s that winemaking began to make a comeback in Kansas, thanks in part to the state’s unique climate and the dedication of local winemakers.

Kansas farm wineries are small and are located on farms across the state. These wineries may even grow their grapes on the same property as the winery, creating a truly local and authentic experience. Visitors to these wineries can enjoy tours of the vineyards, learn about the winemaking process, and taste some of the wines produced on-site.

In addition to tastings, many Kansas farm wineries also offer events throughout the year, such as live music, food and wine pairings, polo, holiday celebrations and overnight stays. These events are a way to experience the local culture and meet other wine enthusiasts.

5 farm wineries to visit

Rosewood Ranch and Winery is in rural Pawnee Rock, just nine miles west of Great Bend, Kansas. The ranch is home to a nationally acclaimed therapeutic horseback riding program and to world-champion horses, for which the wines are named. Rosewood is the only winery in the nation that is devoted to providing employment opportunities to people with developmental disabilities.

Find Wahlmeier Farms Vineyard five miles southeast of Jennings, Kansas. They specialize in sweet and dry wines and meads, as well as jellies and jams. The vineyard’s winery and tasting room are in the Western-style barn home that sits at the front of the vineyard. Wahlmeier hosts events like Wine and Bingo Night, grape picking during harvest, and holiday themed arts and crafts.

Pome on the Range Orchard and Winery in Williamsburg, Kansas, specializes in producing fruit wines made from apples, peaches and other fruits grown on the on-site orchard. In addition to fruit wines, Pome on the Range also produces a variety of traditional grape wines. Visitors can enjoy tastings, U-pick events, tours of the orchard and winery, and live music events.

Pome On The Range, Williamsburg, Kansas

Shiloh Vineyard and Winery, near WaKeeney, Kansas, is at the heart of the prairie, makes it one of the few wineries in the area that produces wines from grapes grown in a truly unique climate. After traveling to the Israeli settlement of Shiloh, on a spiritual and oenological journey, owners Kirk and Treva Johnston returned to the plains of western Kansas with a new purpose: to create great wine. Shiloh Vineyard is also a harvest host, which allows guests to stay at their property for free (boondocking or primitive camping) in exchange for buying farm foods from the producer — in this case, wine. You can also book a stay on the property in the Grainery, a remodeled three-room shed.

If you’re looking for an agritourism destination, Isinglass Estate has a vineyard, winery, stables and cottages. Isinglass, at La Cygne, Kansas, manages nearly 40 acres of planted vines and grows more than a dozen varieties. The tasting room offers full waiter service, where you can watch the winemaking production, and view the polo field and vineyard. The GastroPub offers beers, appetizers and flatbread pizza. You can explore the 600-acre property by hiking and horseback riding.

Want to know more?

To learn more about these attractions and other wineries and vineyards across the state, go online.

Sharples-Terry is public relations and communications manager for Kansas Tourism.

(Photos courtesy of Kansas Tourism)

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