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UPCOMING EVENTS:

August 16,2014 - Red Trail Vineyard Grape Harvest Festival and Grape Stomp 

February 6&7, 2015 - NDGWA Annual Conference

  
PAST EVENTS:
Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2014 - NDGWA Annual Conference, Bismarck Radisson Hotel

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - NDGWA Fall Tour in the Bismarck are.Click here for the itinerary.

Saturday, August 17, 2013 - Red Trail Vineyard Grape Stomp

Friday, August 2, 2013 - NDSU's Grape Seedling Tour and Wine Tasting from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in  Fargo.

On March 7, 2013 there will be a High Tunnel Greenhouse Workshop for Home Gardeners and Commercial Growers at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Casselton. Click here for more details.

On March 30, 2013, Steve Sagaser of the NDSU Extension Service will present a Beginning Winemaking class as part of 2013 Gardening Saturday. Click on the brochure for more details.

The 2013 Annual Conference of the North Dakota Grape and Wine Association(!) will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the Bismarck Radisson Hotel, 605 E Broadway Ave. Click here for the agenda. A block of rooms have been reserved for us at $109/night. Call 701-255-6000 to make your reservation. The registration fee is $60 for members and $70 for non-members. The cost to attend the Banquet only on Saturday evening is $25. Plan to attend the informal social and wine tasting and our first ever Peoples Choice Wine Competition on Friday evening prior to the conference. The event is open to all members. Entries will be separated into Commercial (winery) and Non-Commercial (hobby) classes, each with three categories: red, white and non-grape. There is no cost to enter the competition, but contestants are limited to one wine per category. Please bring at least two bottles of each wine you wish to enter. Kit wines are not eligible for the competition. To facilitate planning, please email Mark to let him know what you plan to bring.We will have a Silent Auction on Saturday evening. Please inform Pres. Paul Anderson of items you plan to donate (non-commercial wines cannot be donated for the silent auction).  There will again be a small Trade Show. If you would like to participate, please contact Greg so he can coordinate with the hotel.


The 2012 NDGGA Conference and Annual Meeting was held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 in Bismarck at the Radisson Hotel, 605 East Broadway.  Call 701-255-6000 to make your reservation.  An informal informational social will be held Friday evening. Here is the agenda

The 2012 NDGGA Summer Tour will be held in northwestern Minnesota on September 15, departing Bear Creek Winery (8800 25th St. S., Fargo) at 8:30 A.M. We will visit vineyards, Bergeson's Nursery, a high tunnel greenhouse operation and Richwood Winery before returning to Fargo.  The event concludes at 7:00 P.M. following supper and a tasting of regional wines.  Registration price includes transportation and two meals.  Click

here for the itinerary.

Wine & Warbirds - 22 June, 2012 1-6 PM - NDSU & Fargo Air Museum - Learn what is happening with grape plant research at NDSU, how to make wine, and testing on wine made from NDSU research grapes.   Tour the greenhouse and plots learning about plants and growing techniques for grapes in ND. End the afternoon tasting ND wines while viewing the fabulous Fargo Air Museum.

 

 The 2011 NDGGA Summer Tour of vineyards, wineries and historic sites on Saturday, September 17 was a blast.  Pictures can be seen at http://www.facebook.com/pages/AgriTourism-North-Dakota/171067389623731

The 2011 NDGGA Summer Tour of vineyards, wineries and historic sites has been scheduled for Saturday, September 17.  It will be in SE North Dakota, starting and ending at Bear Creek Winery, Fargo.  In order to facilitate transportation and meals, PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  Save $10 by registering by September 1.  2011 Summer Tour registration form.pdf

 The Carrington Research and Extension Center Field Day will be held Tuesday, July 19, 2011, beginning at 9:00 A.M.  John Thull, vineyard manager at the U of Mn HRC, and Jenny Bradley will be guest speakers at the Northern Hardy Fruit Review.  Free lunch provided.

Pride of Dakota and the NDGGA will be sponsoring a Legislative Social in Bismarck on March 29, featuring North Dakota appetizers and North Dakota wine!  Encourage your legislator to attend and sample some of the products of this great state.

February 5, 2011
The NDGGA Annual Meeting will be held in Bismarck.  Click  HERE  for the meeting announcement and  here for the tentative agenda.

February 17-19, 2011
The Minnesota Grape Growers Association will be holding its 7th annual Cold Climate Conference at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel.
 

 

September 11, 2010
The NDGGA Summer Vineyard Tour.  Download the agenda and directions here.

 August 21, 2010
The 5th annual North Dakota Grape Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday August 21, 2010 at the Red Trail Vineyard at Buffalo, ND.   The Festival will include Craft and Food Vendors, Vineyard Tours, Hay Rides, Wine Tasting, Grape Stomping and Blue Grass Music featuring Monroe Crossing.   This event continues to grow every year.  The number of vendor spaces left is limited.    For more information please contact either Rodney Hogen by email  or 701-238-3337;  the Tasting Room at  701-633-5392;  or Liane Stout,  Event Coordinator, at  701-633-5000.

Pruning Clinics set for April 16 and 17, 2010                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The NDGGA will be sponsoring two pruning clinics this spring.  The first will be held Friday, April 16, 2010 beginning at 9:30 AM at the North Central Research & Extension Center, south of Minot. The second clinic will be held the next day, Saturday, April 17, 2010 beginning at 9:30 AM at the Buffalo Community Center in Buffalo, ND.  Both sessions will be led by the eminent viticulturalist John Marshall from Lake City, MN and will conclude with some practical hands-on pruning in the vineyard.  The cost to attend is $10 and includes refreshments and a noon meal for those who pre-register.  As an added bonus, attendees can get cuttings of some of the more promising varieties from the Absaraka vineyard (Alpenglow, Somerset Seedless, others?).  Feel free to bring your own cuttings of non-patented varieties for a cutting swap.  To register for the Minot session, please contact Mike Rose at email , or call him at 701-857-6444,  To register for the Buffalo session, please contact Rudy Radke at email  or call him at 701-356-0222.

February 6, 2010
The NDGGA Annual Meeting will be held at the Chieftan Inn in 
Carrington, ND on Saturday, February 6, 2010.

 


 

  September 19, 2009
The Grape and Garlic Festival will be held in Minot, ND at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.  Steve Sagaser will be presenting "Country Wine Making Basics" from 1:00 -2:00 PM.

September 12, 2009
The NDGGA SUMMER TOUR will be on Saturday, September 12, 2009  from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at the NDSU Horticulture Research Farm at Absaraka.  You will have an opportunity to learn about grape diseases, phylloxera and other grape insects, herbicide injury, trellising methods, winter injury, wine quality factors, and much more.   Come early and bring a sack lunch if you wish.  The day will conclude with a meal and wine social at the Red Trail Vineyard beginning at 6:00 PM.  The price of admission is $25 a person, or $15 for NDGGA members who pre-register.  Watch your mailbox or inbox for more details.

August 22, 2009
The 4th North Dakota Grape Harvest Festival will be held on Saturday August 22, 2009 at the Red Trail Vineyard at Buffalo, ND.   The Festival will include Craft and Food Vendors, Vineyard Tours, Hay Rides, Wine Tasting, Grape Stomping and Blue Grass Music featuring Monroe Crossing.   This event continues to grow every year.  The number of vendor spaces left is limited.    For more information please contact either Rodney Hogen by email  or 701-238-3337;  the Tasting Room at  701-633-5392;  or John or Liane Stout,  Event Coordinators, at  701-633-5000 or  816-225-2873.

February 7, 2009 - NDGGA Education Session and Annual Meeting;  Chieftan Inn, Carrington
Beginning at 9:30 AM, hear nationally-known viticulturist Mike White from Iowa State University speak on the marketing aspects of small individual vineyards and wineries as well as marketing and promoting a statewide grape and wine industry.  Past President Rodney Hogen will report on the demand outlook for grapes from North Dakota's wineries.  Jeff Peterson will present a legislative update for this year's session in Bismarck.  President Greg Krieger will report on the findings of last year's petiole testing program and its implications for fertility needs for the state's vineyards.  Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti will present an update on the NDSU grape research program.  There will be a panel discussion featuring area growers and winemakers.  Steve Sagaser will give a presentation on home winemaking.  After the annual meeting, we will have a wine social.  Attendees are encouraged to bring samples of homemade grape wine for it if they wish.  We wil finish the evening with a banquet.  Both meals are included in the price of admission ($30 a person).  To register, contact Greg Krieger  or call 701-430-0281.  

September 6, 2008 - NDSU Grape Research Presentation and NDGGA Summer Vineyard and Winery Bus Tour
There will be a bus leaving Bear Creek Winery in Fargo at 10:00 AM and returning at 3:30 PM. Bear Creek is located at the intersection of 25th St and 88th Ave South in Fargo (south of the new Shanley School). The time on the bus will be well-spent hearing about the lastest NDSU grape research and other aspects of grape growing, and having questions answered by grape experts. The tour is open to the public.
We will travel to the NDSU research site near Absaraka, visit North Dakota's newest winery, Prairiewood Winery, just west of Lisbon, and stop at Kindred Spirits vineyard north of Kindred before returning to Fargo. A sack lunch will be provided on the bus and a hearty meal and wine tasting will be provided at the end of the tour. The cost is $15 per person. Reservations on a first come, first served basis can be made by contacting Rudy Radke at
rudy.radke@ndsu.edu or 701-356-0222 and making payment.

 

 


 

August 23-24, 2008 - Red Trail Vineyard Grape Stomp, Buffalo

 


August 2, 2008 - NDSU Landscape Arboretum Open House, Absaraka 

  

Kathy Wiederholt, Fruit Project Manager @ the Carrington Research Extension Center/NDSU will be talking on Hardy Fruits for ND on March 5th 2011 in Fargo.  For more information visit  http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/casscountyextension/horticulture.

 

March 29, 2011
 

 



The 6th Annual North Dakota Grape Harvest Festival & Grape Stomp will be held on August 20 at the Red Trail Vineyard at Buffalo, ND.    Blue Grass Music with Tuckered Out and Monroe Crossing and also the Dixe Cups.   Wine Tasting, Wine and Beer Garden, Food and Craft Vendors, Wagon Rides, Vineyard Tours.    $20.00   www.redtrailvineyard.com