Celebrate the holiday at 4e Winery and sample our new white peach sangria. We will be open on the 4th of July from 1-7 pm.
Welcome to November and what is starting to be a blustery winter. A lot has happened since our September update and this week brought wonderful news.
We received both our Federal and State winery licenses this week.
That means we can finally start making wine. Without these in place we would not be able to sell any wine we made. So, we are working hard to get the winery up and running and some things fermenting. I will be updating you as we start ramping up our production. We anticipate we should be ready to release our first wines for the public in 6-8 months.
Folks have been asking what kind of wines we will have to offer. Well, to be quite honest, it is late in the season and well past the harvest in North Dakota. Sourcing wine grapes at this late stage is nearly impossible. We at 4e Winery are planning to offer a line of food friendly and delicious grape wines as well as our prairie elements line of fruit and honey wines. Fortunately we have been putting some fruit away in the freezer for future fermentation. We have already crushed and destemmed Marquette grapes frozen and waiting, so we should be able to offer a local grape wine late in 2015. In addition we have sourced some aronia berries and plan to get those fermenting as soon as possible. We also have a freezer full of rhubarb to make two styles of wine – a sweeter blush rhubarb and a drier rhubarb wine. Also sitting in the winery waiting to be made into delectable beverages is a 450 pound drum of fresh Oregon blueberry purée. Just wait until you see what we have planned for that! And finally, we are looking for local ND honey to begin making some traditional and not-s0-traditional meads. So, if everything goes well, we should have several options for you tasting enjoyment next summer.
In addition to the wine making operation, we have made progress on our property. We have nearly completed a >1000 sq. ft. deck which will be a wonderful gathering place for friends to enjoy wine. Our tasting rooms inside have all been primped and painted and we are starting to get them decorated. We just can’t wait to share this wonderful place with all of you. Keep watching here, follow us on twitter, Google+ and Facebook, and we’ll let you know when we are ready to invite you in for a glass or two.
One of the great things about our winery is that the old house has a newly constructed master suite upstairs above the winery. It is going to be a spectacular location to hold events, use for private functions and have as a second tasting room when things get busy. The contractor has finished off the drywall and got it all primed and ready for painting.
We were looking for soft colors that would accent the light coming in from three directions. So we chose a misty silvery green and complemented it with a misty silvery blue. This will be the colors for the great room, hallway, small meeting room and the bathroom. Cutting in the edges to my perfection took some time.
Here is the space with the walls all green.
The smaller meeting room is green too.
The hallway extends into the great room and this has the complimentary blue color. The light in the pictures isn’t the best but I think you get the idea from these.
The hallway and bathroom will be the same blue color.
Progress! This winter I have been busy getting the inside of the winery cleaned up, painted and ready for eventual visitors. After painting the tasting room last month I realized the black gothic alter stuck out like a sore thumb. Well, if it’s going to stick out, it should stick out in style! So I painted it a warm red color. I think it works well with the yellow walls and follows in the footsteps of the colors of our logo.
Here are a few more photos:
Since the tasting room is pretty much ready to be furnished and decorated, my next task was to tackle the ugly kitchen. Since our guests will have to walk through the kitchen to reach the restroom this also has to be a showpiece for the winery. Previously it was painted an awful gaudy red color. It was dark and uninviting and the color clashed with the yellow of the adjacent tasting room.
The tasting room is so delightful.
This month we patched up the walls and got the tasting room area of the winery painted. It is a warm yellow color that invites you to sit down with a glass of wine and enjoy the peace and serenity of winter on the farmstead.
Here are some before and after photos showing the painting in progress.