While Northern California is known as “wine country”, the Midwest – even Kansas – has wineries worth visiting. This blog features five noteworthy wineries in Kansas, all less than two hours from Topeka. The featured wineries would be a wonderful day trip for wine tasting, to see the production process of the winery, and enjoy one-of-a-kind gift shops.
Salina – Smoky Hill Vineyard and Winery
Smoky Hill Vineyard and Winery is the largest winery in Kansas. Located in Salina, Wichita, and Wilson, Smoky Hill Winery believes in helping people find the perfect wine for them based on foods that enhance the flavor of the wine. They have over two dozen reds, whites, and specialty wines. Online you can find a handy terminology page that will help sharpen your wine knowledge.
Enjoy wine tasting Monday through Saturday 10-6
Basehor – Holy-Field Vineyard and Winery
Located on 30 acres, Holy-Field Vineyard and Winery produce 7,000 gallons annually from their 10 variety of grapes. Holy-Field use Native American and French hybrid grapes in their wine. They hold events throughout the year including mystery dinner theater dinners and summer musical events.
Enjoy wine tasting Monday through Friday 10-6, Saturday 9:30-6, Sunday 12-6
Paxico – Wyldewood Cellars Winery
Wyldewood Cellars have created three different types of wine: fruit wines, native grape wines, and their award winning elderberry wine. In their gift shop they also sell their jellies, fudge, vinegars, and syrups they produce from the wines, as well as Kansas food products.
Enjoy wine tasting Monday through Saturday 8-6, Sunday 12-6
Eudora – Davenport Orchard Vineyard and Winery
Davenport Orchard started in 1997. They have several types of fruit wines, whites, reds, blush, and sparkling. They also have a Topeka outlet called Matrot Castle. Matrot Castle’s website offers different recipes to cook using their wines.
Eudora tasting room is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4-7 and Saturday and Sunday 1-5.
The Matrot Castle tasting room is open Saturdays 11-6
Wamego – Oz Winery
Located in downtown Wamego, Oz Winery is not your typical, everyday winery. Instead of your usual wine labels and titles, Oz Winery incorporates the Wizard of Oz into each wine they produce. They have several different types of wine: reds, whites, blush, dessert, and sparkling. They opened in 2007, and attract travelers all around to have a once in a lifetime wine tasting experience!
Enjoy wine tasting Monday through Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-5
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Been to a winery (Kansas or elsewhere) that was a fun experience? Please share, I’d love to hear from you!