Whether you are a fan of chardonnays, cabernets or anything in between, nothing hits the spot quite like a glass of wine after a long day — especially when the wine was harvested and vinted locally! The West Coast gets all of the credit for our country’s best wines, but for those looking to try something a bit closer to home (and to the heart), a visit to a local winery in the Loess Hills or Nebraska countryside might be just the ticket.
We rounded up some of our favorite vineyards near Omaha and Council Bluffs, so next time you’re looking to split a bottle or try something new, consider supporting local! Who knows? You might just find a new favorite.
The Best Wineries Near Omaha & Council Bluffs Include:
Glacial Till Vineyard | Prairie Crossing Vineyard & Winery | Cellar 426 | Bodega Victoriana Winery | Deer Springs Winery | Loess Hill Vineyards | Soaring Wings Vineyard | Sugar Clay Winery
344 South 2nd Rd., Palmyra, NE
Photo courtesy of Glacial Till Vineyard
Glacial Till Vineyard has everything a wine lover could ever dream of, including epic wines made from local grapes, refreshing sangria, and the perfect ambience for hanging out with loved ones and soaking in the Nebraska sun. Enjoy beautiful scenery and friendly service as you sip your selection in the tasting room!
Bonus: Glacial Till Vineyard is also famous for its cider. Stop by if you’re looking for something crisp, light and easy to drink.
Hours vary. Check the website for upcoming events and current offerings.
31506 Pioneer Trail, Treynor, IA
Prairie Crossing Vineyard & Winery is a little slice of heaven perched atop the rolling hills of western Iowa. The wines range from light fruity whites to robust peppery reds, all made from six varietals of grapes grown on site. Stop by the tasting room to sample the best selections, and then enjoy a bottle of your favorite on the patio.
Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12-6 pm
1402 Dennis Dean Rd., Ashland, NE
Photo courtesy of Cellar 426
Cellar 426 is located halfway between Omaha and Lincoln, and is a favorite for locals of both cities. Boasting 360-degree views of the wooded countryside and incredible, Nebraska-crafted wines, it is the perfect place to spend a leisurely afternoon. Meander through the two acres of grapes, and then return to the winery’s deck to split a bottle with loved ones and watch the sun set.
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 2-7 pm; Friday 1-8 pm; Saturday 12-8 pm; Sunday 12-6 pm
60397 Kidd Rd., Glenwood, IA
Following his 28-year military career and many years living in Spain, owner Doug Graves decided to transform his passion for fine wines into a career. The result was Bodega Victoriana Winery — the largest winery in western Iowa, and also one of its best! The first vines were planted on site in 2005, and the vineyard has cultivated a large following of loyal customers since then, most likely due to the unparallelled quality of the wines, which are all inspired by Spanish varieties
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 12-8 pm; Friday and Saturday 12-5 pm; Sunday 12-6 pm
16255 Adams St., Lincoln, NE
Photo courtesy of Deer Springs Winery
Deep Springs Winery sits on a homestead just northeast of Lincoln that has been in the owner’s family since 1874. The history is part of what makes this locale so special — but of course, the top-notch wine doesn’t hurt either. Stop by to sip a wide selection of reds and whites created from grapes grown on the property. The winery regularly hosts live music and fun events throughout the year, so check out the calendar and plan your next visit!
1120 Old Lincoln Hwy., Crescent, IA
Photo courtesy of Loess Hills Vineyard
Nestled in the historical and scenic Loess Hills, this charming family-owned winery is committed to providing top quality wines — all served with a smile and good conversation. Stop into the tasting room to sample some of the locally vinted creations and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
Hours vary by season.
17111 S 138th St., Springfield, NE
The extensive menu at Soaring Wings Vineyard will please even the most discerning of palettes, including a large selection of dry wines, sweet wines, and even beers brewed in house. The winery has scooped up more than 200 awards since it opened to the public in 2004, and it’s not difficult to see why. Owner Jim Shaw and his family have poured so much passion and hard work into their business, and it can be tasted in every sip.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday 12-6 pm; Sunday 12-5 pm
1445 240th Ave., Thurman, IA
Photo courtesy of Myron House via Sugar Clay Winery
Sugar Clay Winery might be a bit further away than the other options (just under an hour away from Omaha by car), but it is well worth the trip. The six-acre vineyard is tucked into the scenic Loess Hills in Iowa, and offers beautiful valley views and abundant wildlife. Take a stroll through the vineyards and learn about the cultivation of the grapes, or relax in the tasting room, which boasts a relaxed and approachable atmosphere. If you purchase a tasting ($8), you will be able to keep the Sugar Clay logo wineglass as a memento.
Hours: Thursday to Saturday 10 am-6 pm; Sunday 1-5 pm
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We are always looking for recommendations! What are some of your favorite local wines? We would love to hear about them in the comments.