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Wine Tour: Dakota Vines Vineyard and Winery

Opened in 2018, Dakota Vines Vineyard and Winery has been a pursuit of passion for owners Bob and Deb Grosz.

Early Beginnings

Although Bob has been a home winemaker for almost 20 years, his ambition to start his own bonafide business wasn’t cemented until he took a trip to the Napa Valley and toured Minnesota and North Dakota wineries.

“That was the starting point for the idea of having our own North Dakota winery. The industry in this state is very cooperative and helpful, and we had a lot of great advice. We also wanted something we could do together in our retirement that would allow us to share our love of wine, but still be seasonal so we could travel in the winter months,” Bob said.

What They Serve

Dakota Vines Vineyard and Winery is an agritourism business dedicated to producing high-quality North Dakota and regional cold climate grape and fruit wines. They offer visitors the opportunity to learn about new grape varietals that survive and thrive in cold climates while sampling and buying wine in a rural North Dakota setting. Dakota Vines Vineyard has four varietals: Itasca, Crimson Pearl, King of the North and Frontenac Blanc. In addition to cold climate grapes, they also make wine from fruits that hail from the upper Midwest such as chokecherry, black currant, rhubarb and pear.

Where and When to Find Their Products

You can find Dakota Vines wine at Happy Harry’s Bottle Shop in Fargo, Econo Wine & Spirits in Wahpeton, ND, Cork and Barrel in Jamestown, ND, and Williquors in Bismarck, ND. Their wine can also be shipped or ordered for pickup anytime during the year via their website.

Using Their Space

Dakota Vines has indoor seating for 60+ people and multiple outdoor spaces as well. They have been honored to host private events such as birthday parties, bridal showers and PTA meetings. Information about renting their space can be found on the website.

Wine Spotlight

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1. The Roughrider wine is a semi-dry red with a cherry aroma and tastes of blackberry, black currant and plum.

2. New to the collection this year and it’s first, the Sundog is a dry rosé. Along with the floral aroma, enjoy the tastes of cherries and blackberries.

When The Tasting Room is Open

Their tasting room is seasonal, usually opening on Mother’s Day weekend and closing near the end of October.

During the summer months, they are typically open Thursday-Sunday. During the spring and fall schedule they are usually open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, head to dakotavines.com

“Additionally, we host many events during our season including live music, mystery game nights, puzzle competitions, trivia, as well as pairings such as cheese/ wine, appetizers/wine, bundt cakes/wine… and our annual Grape Stomp in August,” Bob said.

Dakota Vines Vineyard and Winery
17355 County Road 4 Colfax, ND 58018
Facebook: @dakotavineswinery
Instagram: dakotavineswine

Written by Brady Drake

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