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(Left to Right) Kelsy Ballinger, Sean Ballinger, Sue Ballinger and Rod Ballinger
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Wine Tour: Bear Creek Winery

For the Ballingers, wine is more than a business, it’s a passion!

Early Beginnings

Bear Creek Winery (est. 2003) was founded by Rod Ballinger, a pilot in his previous life who traveled around the country to various wine-growing regions and heard rumors of new cold hardy vines and grape varieties that could possibly grow in our region. Rod and Sue decided to take a chance and plant some of those varieties here in Fargo. What started as a shot in the dark has now expanded into the Bear Creek Winery that we now know and love today.

What They Serve

Bear Creek Winery grows many cold climate grape varieties and bottles a wide range of styles from white to red, sweet, dry and fortified wines. “We try to have something for everyone, although we specialize in dry wines,” Rod said.

Wine Spotlight

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1. Night Cap, 2. Old Truck, 3. Sheyenne

Released just this year, the Night Cap is a sweet wine, originally from Portugal, but with a midwest influence from Bear Creek. This is already a fan favorite!

Old Truck and Sheyenne, a dry red and dry white wine, are equally as beloved by the Bear Creek community!

Using Their Space

Bear Creek offers several types of private events for groups of eight to 125.

“We specialize in private tastings, private brunches for bridal and baby showers, birthday parties, and more, corporate outings and rehearsal dinners. We also offer ticketed events throughout the year, including collaborations with Blackbird, Milk Made, The Plant Supply and even coursed dinners. For more information on any of these events please email us at or check out our social media and website,” Rod said.

When The Tasting Room is Open

Bear Creek Winery’s tasting room is open mid-May through October on Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. This schedule may vary from year to year, but they are open for private events year-round.

Bear Creek Winery
8800 25th St S, Fargo, ND 58104
Facebook: @bearcreeknd
Instagram: bearcreeknd
Twitter: @bearcreeknd

Written by Brady Drake

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