The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Nothing shady about Schadé wine

South Dakota vintners host a harvest of tender moments

It comes as no surprise that Jim Schade has a fondness for the offertory "Let the vineyards be fruitful, Lord." And his wife, Nancy, said John 15 has become their favorite chapter in Scripture ("I am the vine, you are the branches").

Seated in their comfortable home overlooking their vineyard, they describe with both playfulness and sincerity their passion for the wine-making business, which is clearly also a ministry.

The couple, members of First Lutheran Church in Volga, S.D., fell in love with the wine industry when they lived in Sacramento, Calif. At the time, "I had no clue you could grow grapes in South Dakota," Jim said. 

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