NE is well known for its agriculture, supplying an abundance of rich food crop farms, which disclose landscape. As a bonus for lovers of the grape vines – it is among the flowering crops, especially in the eastern part of the state. The merger of the Platte and Missouri rivers creates a gorgeous valley and the ideal environment for the growth of the number of wineries Nebraska, who are just waiting for your visit.
Let's take a closer look at the Nebraska wine industry, as well as Omaha and study abroad.
Nebraska, like other countries in the south-west, has a long tradition of grape growing and winemaking. Before the ban more than 5,000 acres of grapes spread in the village of Nebraska. Since the mid 80-ies., Nebraska's wine industry began to fly, and now there are wineries in all regions of the state.
Although most people associate the Nebraska countryside with miles of flat cornfields, this image is at best misleading. It is interesting to note that in Nebraska has several different microclimates. Especially it concerns the eastern part of the state, home to Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska's two largest cities.
Currently, Nebraska has more than 25 wineries, and almost all rely on the cultivation of fruit and grapes in Nebraska, to create wines that are rapidly becoming known and respected by consumers of wine and wine presses. We discussed the wine industry in Nebraska Kerry Potter, executive director of the Association of wine producers and grape growers Nebraska, who shared the promising news about the industry. Plans to officially appoint one or several wine routes in Nebraska with the cooperation and support of the Nebraska Department of Tourism and tourism.
People often ask us, "How wine from a northwestern state may be significantly different from another?". The answer is simple – the soil. Different climatic and geophysical conditions bring different flavors of grape, and this is an exciting discovery to obtain the final result.
From all this, we visited five distilleries in the region Nebraska metro covering Omaha, located along the Missouri River, and the capital city of Lincoln, Nebraska, in less than an hour away.
Come join us as we learn more about wine Omaha, Lincoln, and Nebraska.
Opening for Omaha
It is also convenient to get to Omaha. Located directly in the middle of the country, you will find Omaha off Interstate 80, moving along the east / west and Interstate 29 to the north / south.
And once you are back, you'll understand why so many people talk about Omaha favorably. The city center is compact and easy to navigate, with many dining options and entertainment. Here, the story says, even if the city is growing and goes into high technology. Most genuine smiles and hospitality of the north-west is alive and well.
We arrived in the middle of the morning, trying to see some of the sights of Omaha before the wine tasting dinner.
Coordination Omaha downtown center with a & # 39 is the Old Market area, distinguished historic area with original brick streets filled with shops and restaurants. We planned dinner at the Old Market, so we went to the Gardens Lavryttsen, on the south side of Omaha and close to Henry Doorly Zoo and Rosenblatt Stadium, home to the College World Series baseball.
Lavryttsen Garden, Botanical Gardens Omaha – is 100 acres of tranquility acres, perfect for small classes on foot. Play amid rose gardens, a Victorian garden, arboretum or flower hall. After lunch in the cafe and Johnny Steak House, Omaha wonderful tradition since 1922, it is time to study the ongoing relationship with the Omaha Missouri River on the River Sever River.
On the Missouri River
At this hour cruise on the Missouri, you will slide along the waterfront parks Omaha, including Lewis and Clark pier. This acre park on 23 acres – one of the gathering places of Omaha, where the board on top of the wall of the river, marina and night music in season. You will also be gardens and fountains Heartland of America, Omaha skyline and downtown Blefs Iowa just across the river.
Distillery Area Omaha
With most of the day ahead of us, we set out to explore two wineries Omaha.
Coming south of Omaha metro area is transformed into a rich river valley. In this way a wide stretch of the farm. It is easy to understand why agriculture is thriving here because Missouri River and the fertile soil on the & # 39; combine to provide a rich harvest.
Just 15 minutes south of Omaha in the middle of this beautiful valley you will find vineyards Palyayuchyh Wings. Since 2003, the family & # 39; I Shaw operates the 11-acre vineyard and winery on the land, which was the former settlement of Indians. At the site of numerous artifacts have been found, and from the 1800s, the main occupation of farming.
Tasting room and outside veranda here – the perfect way to spend a few hours on a sunny day. Inside or outside you panoramic views of the surrounding valley. You can buy wine with a glass of Soaring Wings, in partnership with the Nebraska cheese, sausage and other delicacies. Local ornaments adorn the walls, and "Soaring Wings" holds live music on Friday and Sunday night.
Going to the tasting area, we were pleased to see so many different styles. Wines Soaring Wings have won nearly 150 medals in international competitions, so chances are that you have chosen, like your taste. Our favorite was a little dry red, a special reserve Sainte-Croix. This wine is rich and hearty, made from grapes with dark fruit bouquet.
For all ryzlingu lovers, go to the Winter White, Palyayuchyya Wings and # 39; the most popular wine. This wine offers a sweet, perfectly balanced with clear characteristics of a good rylinga. Slightly sweet red, there is Mystic Red, absolutely a broken fruit.
Further south, about 50 minutes from Omaha in Nebraska, sitting Kimmel garden and vineyard. It is a popular place has a long history dating back to 1925.
Located on 90 acres of fertile farmland Missouri Valley, Garden and Vineyard Kimmel devoted to agricultural education, agro-tourism and the preservation of history. According to their research site conducted programs and classes at the University of Nebraska, and throughout the year there are numerous events for the general public. Kimmel also & # 39 is the main partner of the Arbor Day Foundation.
During our visit we visited the vineyard and learned that grapes bloom in the corner of Nebraska. You'll find vines Lacrosse, Concord, and Shamburtsyn vigneulles. Elsewhere on the special trail two miles, which Vie through the site, you will come across a demonstration of cider, as well as fruit and vegetable picking. Stop and enjoy the view on one of the many benches or picnic tables.
You can easily spend most of the day in a fruit garden Kimmel, closing stop in the apple sheds for wine tasting. For lovers of white wine, try LaCrosse, semi-sweet gem with aromas of melon and pear. Or have fun with the apple cider wine made from cider apples grown here.
Keeping the best for last, we went into the red wine mode orchard Kimmel DeChaunac. This French hybrid grape produces dry red wine made bold, saturated and saturated. No less satisfying was Shamburtsyn and one of our personal favorites. This wine offers an excellent balance of dark fruit flavors with a lively sharp blow.
With joyful hour and dinner in our sights, we headed back to Omaha city center, destination Old Market area.
As the heart of Omaha, The Old Market offers unique shops, local restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets, as well as enough of arts and entertainment, so you have not been occupied for a few hours. The four blocks have restored warehouses, old-fashioned lighting and authentic brick street. Rich in history, but modern and contemporary, Old Market – Omaha is in the best case.
Located in the Old Market, stop to shop in The Everything Them, an art gallery with prints, ornaments and historical gifts. Or look for a cold in the restaurant "Old Bari About the market." For a world-class wine, there is a pub M & # 39; s, the old market, which is a & # 39 is the main product for over 30 years.
Omaha has long been known as a haven for great steaks, and, with that in mind, we stopped at the brewery "upstream" to drink and dine. Name, located in a renovated fireplace, a rising name derives from the original values of the Indians word "Omaha", which means upstream or against the tide.
Beer is exceptional. We started with the panelists, 4 oz. a sample of the whole. Easy Coryphaeus – blonde Gold Coast, and US wheat – high level hefevayzena and ESB fire-house – the delight of malt. For something a little edgier, try the fresh and cheerful Indian Pale But either my favorite, thick and creamy Blackstone-Stout, named after the iconic hotel Omaha yore.
After lunch, you can explore other options for nightlife in the Old Market or take a tour on the trolley. Away from the city center, on Dodge Street, Omaha, the main highway in the east / west, there are numerous nightlife, entertainment and food.
After a morning filled with more attractions Omaha, we hopped on Interstate 80 west for a short journey to Lincoln. Back in the late 1990s, we visited his first visit to the capital city of Lincoln, Nebraska, is less than an hour from Omaha. You do not need a token run or GPS, so you know that you are close to Lincoln … just look at the horizon, and you will see how Capitol Building Nebraska rises.
Lincoln – hardy and lively city, home not only to the state government, but also the University of Nebraska. Here football controls the lively atmosphere on campus and in the city center. When planning a night, we had enough time to study society.
In the area of Lincoln are the three most well-known wineries Nebraska. We were able to visit one in our first day, and the other two the next day. But first in the order was a little sightseeing. Let explore Lincoln …
Top and haymaking
Our first stop in Lincoln was the Capitol building in Art Deco style, one of the most unique and stylish in the US, built from 1922 to 1932, costing 10 million dollars, building majestic four-meter domed towers and a low prevalence database contains art objects of the external and internal art, representing the natural, social and political development of Nebraska. Be sure to visit the observation deck of the 14th floor to get a beautiful view of the Lincoln and the surrounding area.
It is less than a mile away in the center of one of the main attractions of Lincoln's historic hay field. Named after the historical market square, created in the late 1800s, the Lincoln city center with the & # 39 is a trade and dining magnet. One of our favorite shops here – Nebraska, gift shop, in which all kinds of products of local production, including wine Nebraska. In fact, there is even a tasting bar, so you can do, how we are, and try wines from wineries across the state.
Classic country and the prime minister's & # 39; er Lincoln
In the afternoon visit the winery plans demanded outside the city, so a quick lunch was in order. We learned about a small local fast food chain called Runza Restaurants of Lincoln Convention and visitors, and were able to find a branch Runzy on the way to the winery.
Therefore, there is a review of what the restaurants Runza invented "Classic Lincoln more than 50 years." You must try the original Runza sandwich. This fresh dough, stuffed with corned beef corrected, twisted and baked … It's something like the intersection between the wrap and buryto. And do not miss the onion rings in Runza – they doubled, perfectly crispy and so tasty!
The Lincoln could easily get around it, and a very short ride brought us to the wine house Prime Country, a few miles southwest of Lincoln in the town of Denton.
Prem & # 39; er-country – a true taste of Nebraska, as each wine is made from grapes grown on the site. The vineyard has grapes DeChaunac, LaCrosse, Concord, Edelweiss and St. Louis Vincent, and the end product is used in the self-wines or multimodal grades.
We felt like this starring rosy guilt, especially "Denton Blush", medium dry wine, made from an equal mixture of red and white grapes. Thinking about wine to spartsitstsa with steak, we tried and purchased Nebraska Red, affirmative dry red made from grapes Dehaun.
Prime Country offers up a dozen wines – from white to red and from dry to sweet. They will welcome your visit all year round.
The first winery the next day Deer Springs Winery is located in a quiet country, located to the northeast of the Lincoln. We were looking forward to visit here because, as the Prime Minister's & # 39; er-winery Prime Country, most of the wines in the Deer Springs made with grapes grown on the site. A family operation, wine-tasting room Deer Creek is located in a beautifully restored house padvor & # 39; I was late 1800. There is a well-maintained outdoor area to sit and enjoy a bottle of wine or a picnic, but in the spring and summer months, a variety of events.
Deer Springs offers a full line of red and white, so there are many options. But we particularly recommend two white wines, Brianna and Firefly White. Both wines Semi-dry with a touch of sweetness, but the most impressive features of both of the & # 39 are tropical fruit aromas. Prairie Sunrise was another winner, a little more than a dry, almost in the style of Chardonnay.
Our favorite Red Deer Springs wine was a show preryyskim between sunset and autumn forest (love those names!). Prairie Sunset – a mixture of vintage St. Patrick St. Vincent and St. Vincent Croy, deep purple color, with aromas of dark ripe plums. Autumn Woods checks into the dryer, from smoky and sharp characteristics that made us think of the pairing of steak or barbecue. Several bottles have been added to our collection blossoming wine Nebraska!
Our last winery on this trip was the biggest and one of the most famous vineyards of James Arthur James Arthur, opened in 1997 in the town of Raymond, and just 15 minutes from Lincoln.
Located in the hilly countryside, adjacent to 20 acres of vineyards, James Arthur Vineyards offers a lot of places on your large enclosed porch or in the shade of three arbors. Enjoy a bottle of wine outside in a pair with one of several eateries baskets filled with special food directly from local purveyors Nebraska.
We enjoyed one of the most interesting wines that we tried that day trips to Nebrastsy. This white wine Snowy Egret, made from a grape called Geyzenhaym. Slightly sweet, with the unmistakable aroma of grapefruit and dance, it is a very unique style and very drinkable. The best thing is that revenue for every bottle sold is donated Lincoln Children's Zoo.
It is also interesting was the San Realta, red wine almost Sangre style. Winery staff calls San Realto red wine for people who do not like dry red. It is made from grapes with a small amount DeChaunac Concord grape, which is added for sweetness. And then there Gamebird White, a little twig and complex, made from grapes of St. Pepin, which is grown in the vineyard of James Arthur.
James Arthur Vineyards will deliver their wine (depending on where you live), so enter, order and try the real taste of Nebraska.
Reflections on Nebraska
Opening wine a lot of fun, and Nebraska wine for us was a great discovery. Before this trip we had never tasted wine Nebraska. Winemakers here are proud of their work, and we were particularly struck by their desire to use local grapes in the wine-making process. And with delivery rules gradually zmyakchatstsa, taste the wine Nebraska is more convenient than ever.
At some point, we plan to go back and explore the rest of the wineries Nebraska. In the western Nebrastsy there are several, and several more in the planning stages. Winegrowers Association and grape growers of Nebraska is moving forward with the propaganda of ideas to help market and support the state wine industry, which will undoubtedly increase the profile of wines Nebraska.
If your travel plans take you along the south-west on Interstate 80, do not forget to stop in Omaha and Lincoln. We really enjoyed the excellent food, local attractions and, above all, genuine hospitality in the southwest.