Wine bars have been a fixture in many European cities for centuries.
Now more of them are starting to pop up across the United States, including here in KELOLAND.
Downtown Sioux Falls will soon be home to three of them.
In a little over a month you could be enjoying a glass of wine at Washington Square in downtown Sioux Falls.
Bob and Cathy Novak are opening Wine Time on Main.
“We’ve been wine geeks forever. We’ve had such a passion for wine,” Bob said.
If the Novak name sounds familiar, Bob led one of Sioux Falls’ largest garbage companies for more than 40 years.
“For the people who don’t know us, it’s like, ‘How do you go from trash to wine,'” Bob said.
And this wine bar will be upscale. You’ll be able to buy glasses of wine ranging from around $10 to $50.
“We’ll have some French wines that are going to be in the $1,000 to $2,500 range and a couple of cult cabernets from Napa Valley that will be in that $3,500 range per bottle,” Bob said.
A little further east in the downtown area, another wine bar, Bin 201, opened around a year and a half ago.
Jeff Aden is a bartender at Bin. He says the business gets a lot of professionals early in the afternoon, followed by young adults later.
“We’re not like some other large bars that are just party bars. We’re not necessarily a party bar,” Aden said.
In addition to Bin 201 and Wine Time, another wine bar is going into the former Prairie Berry East Bank location.
“I think there’s only one way to go, and that’s up for wine bars. People are starting to learn more about wine and appreciate it. A lot of people start with a certain kind of wine. Then from there there’s so many more to explore,” Aden said.
Back at Wine Time, Novak believes this is more than a fad; people will be raising their glasses to wine bars for years to come.
“We’ve had a lot of bars that sell wine, but to truly have a wine bar that’s an upscale place for people to go and relax and not worry about somebody doing shots and getting drunk and spilling on them, we’ll be that niche,” Bob said.
A niche you’ll see more of across the nation.
The wine bar going into the former Prairie Berry location in downtown Sioux Falls will be called R Wine Bar.
Prairie Berry, now known as Miner Brewing Company and Prairie Berry Winery Taproom, is moving to the Western Mall.