by Luann Dart
Dakota Vines Vineyard and Winery, the first winery in Richland County, will hold its grand opening June 15 to introduce cold climate wines to the area.
Located across the Wild Rice River from Crooked Lane Farm between Colfax and Abercrombie, Dakota Vines is a new venture by Fargo-based Bob and Deb Grosz, who are both educators.
“Bob has been a winemaker at home for years. We made our first batch from a kit in 2003, and we continued to make it at home for ourselves and for friends and family. After we took a trip out to Napa a few years ago, we really got serious about it,” Deb said, describing their foray into the winery.
They purchased land from Crooked Lake Farm and launched the business.
“What was a soybean field is now a winery,” Deb said.
They plan to produce wine from grapes and fruits that are grown in North Dakota. They are currently offering four grape wines – two reds and two whites – made from cold-climate grapes from multiple sources. This spring, they will plant their own vineyard with two different types of grapes, a Crimson Pearl red and Itasca white.
“I think people will be very pleasantly surprised with the wines that can be produced up here in the Midwest and here in North Dakota. We look forward to becoming one of those wineries that produces some of those great wines,” Bob said.
Visitors to the winery can sample the Dakota Vines flavors in a tasting room, or purchase a glass or bottle of wine. Two porches with outdoor seating welcome visitors to linger. Another room at the winery, The Gallery, seats about 35 people and can be rented for small private events. The room will also be used to display the work of local artists.
The couple also hopes to offer an educational experience at the winery, as they offer tours and share information about the winemaking process.
“Everything from the vineyard to the winery to the tasting will be part of that education process,” Bob said.
“We’re really excited to be a part of this community. Richland County has been very good to us so far. We look forward to working with the nice people in this community,” Deb said.
Dakota Vines will join the handful of other wineries operating in North Dakota to promote North Dakota-grown grapes.
“All of us really work together to promote North Dakota and North Dakota wine,” Bob said.
The grand opening for Dakota Vines will be at noon on June 15, and they will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day.
To learn more:
Dakota Vines Vineyard and Winery
17355 County Road 4
Phone: 701-553-8807 | Website: www.dakotavines.com
Bob and Deb Grosz sit near the fireplace at the new Dakota Vines Vineyard and Winery.