Two weeks ago, Dan’s brother and wife invited us to join them to visit the Prairie Fire Winery in the Flint Hills of Kansas. I know, Flint Hills and wine?
Well, according to the owners, the Hills and grape vines are a amazingly well suited.
The gently sloping hillsides and porous soil provide the needed drainage for the many varieties of plants which have been meticulously studied for Kansas climate. The staff will be happy to share the winery story while providing tastes. (In the interest of full disclosure, they do charge for sampling, but the pour is generous)
Owners Bob DesRuisseaux and his wife Julie are quick to tell you, as they do on their web site, their winery also has a commitment to, “to the sustainability and success of family farms and ranches” and will open their operation to those interested to learn.
The best part of a visit to Prairie Fire is their wine, which we thought was excellent. They advertise 17 labels and with that there is something for everyone. I am not sure they have all 17 at once, but the four of us have widely different tastes and we easily found a wine that appealed to all.
We walked to the top of the hill where there is a 360 view of those lovely flowing green hills. Then back to the tasting room to determine which wine to enjoy and then settled in to enjoy an easy afternoon of wine, cheese and conversation from this patio.
Along with the good wine and beautiful location, it’s close. Only located few miles off I70 south of Exit 335 or the Snokomo exit, it is about 23 miles from the Sam’s store off I70 on the west side of Topeka.
We’ll be back!