Enjoy a fall day exploring Nebraska’s small town wineries, apple farms, and unique attractions like Sweetwater Brooms and Engraving. Taste wine, shop for some apples and enjoy the countryside of southeast Nebraska.
Friday, October 9, 2020
8:30 am – 5:45 pm
Tour starts at the Comfort Inn & Suites lobby, 7007 Grover St, Omaha
$95 per person
Price includes coach transportation, wine tastings at three wineries, attraction admissions, driver gratuity and lunch
Tour reservation deadline September 8, 2020 – payment due September 8, 2020
Highlights: Union Orchard Country Store - Safehouse Winery - Schilling Bridge Winery - Pedal Clinic Museum - Whiskey Creek Winery - Sweetwater Brooms and Engraving - Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard
This morning we travel south to the country wineries and apple orchards of southeast Nebraska. Our first stop is the Union Orchard Country Store located just off Highway 75. The nearby Wostrel family farm has been growing apples, wine grapes, and produce for the area for over 100 years. Today the country store allows visitors to sample farm fresh apples, vegetables and baked items like apple pies, cider donuts, and tasty turnovers. They also offer everything from apple butter and unique jams to Nebraska wines. We next travel to the small community of Syracuse where we visit the Safehouse Winery. The downtown winery is located in the former historic 1886 Bank of Syracuse building. The original bank safe still resides in the building; this influenced the owners, Brian and Ranelle Rundquist, to name the winery Safehouse. Taste four samples of wines from their family owned vineyard while transporting yourself back to yesteryear with the winery’s wood floors, exposed brick walls, and 19 century period pieces. Later we drive south to the Schilling Bridge Winery in Pawnee City, Nebraska. This winery is Nebraska’s first farm winery/microbrewery combination. Our hosts, the Schilling family, will provide a nice barbeque brisket luncheon for us and a tasting of five award winning wines. Before departing Pawnee City, we simply have to make a quick stop at the Pedal Clinic Museum. This little known museum contains a collection of over 400 pedal toys including cars, tractors, and airplanes. We then leave Pawnee City and travel to the Whiskey Creek Winery in historic Brownville, Nebraska. Relax and taste a variety of wines in a beautiful setting, a 110 year old restored barn positioned directly over the waters of an active creek. Across the street is the Sweetwater Brooms and Engraving business. Learn about the process of making traditional old fashioned brooms. Order your own custom broom, which includes choices of broom color, stitching color, and wood handle finish. Our last stop of the day is the Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard in Nebraska City. Explore the historic Apple Barn Market for a variety of jams, apples, jellies, apple cider, and pumpkins. Kimmel Orchard also has been part of Nebraska’s wine industry since 1925. Their unique wines include apple, apple pie, cherry, and peach.