Nebraska's Best Wineries


On a quest to discover Nebraska's best wineries, we have visited and reviewed more than twenty wineries located throughout the state. The experience has been eye-opening! The variety and quality of Nebraska wine is truly impressive. The wineries listed below received our independent reviewers' highest ratings and are, in our opinion, Nebraska's best wine tasting destinations. The visitor ratings are divided into three sections: overall experience, service, and view/ambiance.. If you're planning to explore Nebraska wine country, make sure these wineries are on your short list! For more information about Nebraska wine, to include events, links to Nebraska wine articles, recent reviews, etc., please visit our Nebraska wineries page.

Overall Experience (map view)


Glacial Till – Ashland

Ashland, NE
Glacial Till’s tasting room in Ashland, Nebraska, has long been a favorite stop for tourists and locals alike. The fantastic wine, classic ambiance, and unique art gallery combine to offer patrons something that is truly special. If you’re in Eastern Nebraska, be it for business or pleasure, be sure not to miss this gem of a wine experience! ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Superior Estates Winery

Superior, NE
Located not far from Red Cloud, Nebraska, home to author Willa Cather, Superior Estates Winery is a gem upon the harsh and bitter prairies of Cather’s skillfully rendered prose, and it is here that we spent most of the afternoon, touring the facility, enjoying the wine, and easily forgetting in this Napa-esque environment that we were, in fact, still in rural Nebraska. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Cuthills Vineyards

Pierce, NE
What Ed Swanson and Cuthills has to offer is far more than most wineries could ever hope to share. It isn’t just the wonderful wines Ed is making, but Ed himself, that makes the place special. If you make the mistake of hurrying through, you’ll miss out on the wisdom and experience of the man who is responsible for the birth of the wine industry in Nebraska, a man whose talent and advice is still widely sought after today by his peers in the industry. While his hybrids continue to revolutionize the growing industry, Ed remains willing to walk the vines with visitors, and to educate others about the craft that he has mastered. Ed’s isn’t the fanciest tasting room, nor is it the easiest to access from I-80, but it is the place where we’ve learned the most in all our travels, as well as the place where we’ve tasted some of the very best of wines. If you’re looking for a genuine Nebraska wine experience, Nebraska’s first winery is where we’d send you. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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James Arthur Vineyards

Raymond, NE
All of this combines to make for a great wine experience. We have always known that James Arthur Vineyards is one of the most popular wineries in the state of Nebraska. Now we know why. Check out their calendar of events, pick a nice day, and plan to spend the afternoon. We think you’ll enjoy it as much as we did. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Mac's Creek Vineyards & Winery

Lexington, NE
On our way out the door, we thanked the staff, and sent a text message to the friend who had so enthusiastically recommended his hometown winery, to us. “Loved Mac’s Creek,” was all we sent, but he knew we meant it. We look forward to returning to Mac’s Creek, along with he and his wife, very soon. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Miletta Vista Winery

St. Paul, NE
All things being equal, Miletta Vista is one of the most intriguing and enjoyable Nebraska wineries we have visited. The story of their new, gorgeous tasting room and the views it provides, high quality wines, passionate owners, and rural, Nebraska location all combine to make Miletta Vista a place we’d strongly encourage you to visit. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Sage Hill Vineyard & Winery

Parks, NE
Sage Hill might be a little bit of a jaunt for some, but if you’re up for the trip, we highly recommend giving it a try. A great feature at Sage Hill is the Winemaker’s Loft, and apartment situated above the tasting room. The apartment has all you need for a comfortable stay including a queen sized bed and a fully equipped kitchen. With the Rock Creek Lake nearby, the creek right next door, and of course, delicious wine to drink, a trip to Sage Hill can easily make for an enjoyable and relaxing vacation. Getting off the beaten path might not be such a bad thing after all. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Soaring Wings Vineyard

Springfield, NE
Possibly the most impressive thing about Soaring Wings is the selection of wines they offer. Though the tasting menu itself is larger than most, we want to hit on a few of the highlights in this review to attempt to give readers an impression of just how special this selection really is. The first wine on the menu is a Syrah. Yep. In Nebraska. Estate grown and estate bottled, it is dry, tannic, and oaky, possesses a nice fruit finish and promises to age well. It is, so far as we are aware, the only Syrah being grown in the state of Nebraska at this time, and in our opinion it would compete well with Syrah we have enjoyed from all around the world. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Service (Map View)


17 Ranch Winery

Lewellen, NE
Ellen Burdick is a no-fuss, no-muss sort of lady. Straight forward, yet kind and gentle in her mannerisms, Ellen opened the 17 Ranch tasting room for us on a day it is not normally scheduled to be open and reminded us of our grandmothers as she smiled and ushered us inside. When we arrived, she had the front door propped ajar to let in the fresh air and welcomed us to step up to the bar. We probably could have talked to Ellen for hours, listening to her stories of anything from ranching, to winemaking, to her fond reminiscences of time spent traveling in Spain. We could tell she was a busy lady though, being a full-time rancher in addition to a vintner, so we did our best not to keep her there all night. We’re not sure Ellen would have minded if we had though, as she seems like the kind of person who takes the time for everyone she meets, even stepping away from our tasting for a moment to feed a stray cat that began loitering by the open front door. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Cuthills Vineyards

Pierce, NE
We spent a few hours tasting wine at Cuthills, talking to Ed, learning about his life’s work. After a while, when it wasn’t busy, he even took us out into the vineyard and showed us around. Ed’s must be the only vineyard in Nebraska that exhibits thirty-year-old, gnarled vines. When we left, we’d enjoyed the experience so much that we purchased several bottles of excellent wine – Ed even humored us and signed a couple of them. All in all, it was a fantastic day. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Sage Hill Vineyard & Winery

Parks, NE
When we finally arrived, the quaint and welcoming exterior and garden put us at ease. Hal, the owner and winemaker, was working outside and greeted us as we got out of the car and invited us inside. The tasting room is small, but it is bright and clean. Before settling in for our tasting, Hal gave us a quick tour and showed us the creek outside where he hosts an annual kayak race. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Superior Estates Winery

Superior, NE
Although Superior Estates is a bit of a jaunt from both major metro areas in Nebraska (three hours from Omaha, just over two hours from Lincoln), it is worth the trip. You will be greeted by a friendly staff or even Dominic himself to guide you through your tasting. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Three Brothers Vineyard

Farnam, NE
We had a sinking feeling as we pulled into the parking lot of 3 Brothers Vineyard and Winery. There were no other cars in the parking lot, and the sign in the small window next to the door read “Closed”. We had driven an hour from North Platte to the rural town of Farnam, Nebraska, and were over three hours from our home in Omaha. Not being able to visit the 3 Brothers tasting room would have been a disappointment to say the least. We hopped out of the car and approached the front door of the tasting room to read the notice that was taped on the inside of the window. It listed some contact phone numbers, so, ever hopeful, we started dialing. After calling the second number listed, someone answered. Gary Wach, the owner and winemaker at 3 Brothers answered. He was out on the tractor, he said, but graciously offered to come open the tasting room for us if we would hang on a couple of minutes. Good ol’ Midwestern hospitality at it’s finest! Soon we heard the roar of the tractor as Gary pulled up and then hopped down to greet us. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Cedar Hills Vineyard

Ravenna, NE
In addition to the view and the wines, Cedar Hills Vineyard and Gardens offered a fair charcuterie plate, which we gobbled up, and friendly, knowledgeable service. While Heidi and Clay may be new to the industry, they’re clearly quick learners and passionate about what they’re doing. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Deer Springs Winery

Lincoln, NE
Deer Springs Winery offers the right combination of good service, tasty Nebraska wines, traditional farmhouse ambiance, and easy-going atmosphere to make your outing an enjoyable and memorable experience. If you’re one for fancy venues, this may not be your stop. But if you’re up for a genuine Nebraska winery experience at a traditional Nebraska farmhouse, then your trip to Lincoln, Nebraska, would be well complimented by an evening outing at Deer Springs Winery. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Feather River Vineyards

North Platte, NE
Upon entering the tasting room, we were given a warm greeting and started our tasting. We were well attended to the entire time, and Connie, who was very knowledgeable, took the time to talk to us about the entire operation, and the wine she was clearly quite passionate about. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Glacial Till – Ashland

Ashland, NE
It’s also the home of the tasting room of Glacial Till Winery, a considerably more subtle yet no less wonderful place to spend an afternoon. There, one can find a selection of some of the tastiest wines the Midwest has to offer, in addition to a wonderful second-story art gallery displaying fine original works of art, to be enjoyed on the walls or purchased and taken home.
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James Arthur Vineyards

Raymond, NE
The day we were there was the first truly nice Saturday of spring, and the staff was scrambling to stay afloat. That said, they tried hard and maintained a smile in spite of the rush of visitors. Most employees are local college students, and though they weren’t especially knowledgeable about the winery they represented, they were eager to please and made an effort to find answers to all of our questions. Overall, we were happy with the service we received. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Soaring Wings Vineyard

Springfield, NE
Though overwhelmed with business, the staff was nevertheless helpful and courteous, and attempted to answer all of our questions. When Jim stuck his head into the tasting room, grabbing a pint of beer to help get him through another long day in the cellars, working on his reds, he stopped and had a chat with us. He is an extremely amiable fellow, good natured and excited about his work, and we appreciated that in spite of being busy, he took the time to chat for a few minutes. Before returning to his work as a vintner, he encouraged us to come back and talk more when things weren’t quite so hectic. We plan on it. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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View/Ambiance (Map View)


Mac's Creek Vineyards & Winery

Lexington, NE
The highlight of our trip to Mac’s Creek was sitting on their large deck outside the tasting room. As we sipped the bottle of the popular “Mac’s Lantern,” a semi-dry rose we had purchased, we enjoyed the view of the vines and the warm breeze. Picnic tables sit in the grass off the deck and we imagine even during busy hours, that this is a great place to relax and enjoy the day and a bottle (or two) of wine. Using their complimentary wifi, we took our time booking a hotel for the evening, and reflected upon how lucky we are to be able to spend as much time as we do tasting and enjoying the wines of the Great American Midwest. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Miletta Vista Winery

St. Paul, NE
Through the many windows that wrap the tasting room, you can see the lush green of the countryside and vineyard meet the gray hazy sky – an amazing view even on a drab day like this. Outside is a large covered seating area that looks as though it might double the capacity of the tasting room. Although the city of St. Paul, Nebraska, is quaint with a population of just under 2,000, the views from the tasting room at Miletta Vista beckon visitors from around the country and even around the globe to visit, a point proven by the maps hung in the tasting room. First one of the United States, then one of Nebraska, then one of the entire globe, each marked by push pins from the winery’s many visitors. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Superior Estates Winery

Superior, NE
Thought of by the owners as not just a place to make wine, but a destination for visitors, the design of the Superior Estates facility is grand and impressive. Cathedral ceilings and wood beams create a large open space with floor to ceiling windows on both sides of the tasting room. High top tables featuring a centerpiece that is also a puzzle, are spread throughout the room, and a seating area with leather couches is arranged for conversation at one end. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Cellar 426

Ashland, NE
The tasting room at Cellar 426 is bright and cheerful, mainly due to the large wall of windows that greet you as you enter the room. The massive vaulted ceilings, a solid marble bar, stone hearth, and hardwood floors create a sense of awe as you take it all in. The tasting room is large with an open layout and a number of tables to choose from. A set of double doors at the opposite end of the entrance lead to a deck that wraps around the building. In the warmer months, bands are featured on the lawn below the deck, however on the day we visited, the breeze on the deck and a bottle of wine was all we needed to enjoy the view and the fresh air. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Glacial Till – Ashland

Ashland, NE
Exposed brick and great wooden ceiling beams greet you as you enter Glacial Till’s tasting room. The room is long and slightly narrow, however ample seating is available for those looking for a place to rest. The tasting room also has an upstairs complete with a catwalk to go from the stairs into another seating area. The second story has a more modern feel with black leather couches and white walls. The art is often changing and anything from acrylic painting to photography to metal sculpture can be found. ~Mark & Sonja Gudgel
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Published: Dec. 1, 2014

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