Savor: Nebraska Craft Wine

“Any fool can grow grapes in the Napa Valley, but it takes real skill to grow them here in Nebraska." – Paul Reed, Professor of Viticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Some wine enthusiasts believe good wine only comes from California or Europe, but Nebraska producers have joined a growing group of Midwest vintners who are turning that idea on its head.

The new NET documentary Savor: Nebraska Craft Wine uncorks the story of an ancient industry that is flourishing in Nebraska. With nearly 40 wineries in the state now, the impact on our economy has soared as producers in all areas of Nebraska pioneer their brands.

Savor: Nebraska Craft Wine explores history of Nebraska wine making, the people who make it their life’s work and how to pair your meals with the state’s best bottles.

The documentary also offers a taste of the industry from Niobrara Valley Vineyards where wine pairs with cattle ranching, as well as Deer Springs Winery in Lincoln and James Arthur Vineyards in Raymond, one of the first vineyards in the state.

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“There’s just so much about wine, there’s so much history and mythology even, and all kinds of aspects to wine that just draws people together and who doesn’t think it’s fun to just sit with friends and have a bottle of wine?” said Jen Reeder, Winemaker at Deer Springs Winery.

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Nebraska's current wine industry began in the mid-1990s. Did you know there was grape growing in the state dating back to the mid-1800s? Learn more about Nebraska's wine history in this excerpt from Savor: Nebraska Craft Wine.