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.
WDAY showcased 4e Winery in a segment on March 6.
Fargo, ND (WDAY/WDAZ TV) – What started as a hobby… has now turned into much more.
The second season of “4-E Winery” near Mapleton kicks off April 16th.
Barely a mile off of Interstate-94, you’ll find this historic Bonanaza farm.
“We get to welcome people to this wonderful little piece of the prairie,” said Lisa Cook.
Lisa and Greg Cook bought the farm a few years back and after renovations and additions, the couple turned this old 20th century farmstead into a winery.
Now it’s called the 4E winery to represent the four elements. Owners say they just want to get people back to their natural roots.
“What we need to do is educate people of North Dakota of its wines and how good they can be,” said Lisa.
Lisa and Greg have been making home-brew wines for more than 20 years.
Greg, who is a chemist at NDSU, says he has always been interested in how wines are made.
“I realized early on that its more art than chemistry in the wine cause it’s a natural living beverage,” said Greg.
4e Winery uses all natural ingredients in their 14-different styles of wine.
Some are hybrid grapes bred for cold climates, others are local berries and rhubarb.
“Now it’s not going to be chardonnay, we can’t grow those or Merlot grapes, but we can grow grapes that grow really well here and they are going to have that taste of the North Dakota prairie,” said Lisa.
Grapes are planted, picked, and then fermented for months.
The wine is transferred from tank to tank throughout the winter, to remove unwanted sediments.
Then, one of the final touches, adding any necessary sweetener.
“Then it’s filtered and bottled, all by hand,” said Greg.
The bottling will continue all throughout the summer, as some of the wines still need to finish fermenting.
The wine can then be purchased through the 4e’s tasting room, which is open every Thursday through Sunday, starting on April 16th.
“It’s more about the experience than it is necessarily the wine, you’re tasting what was grown and produced by hand right here,” said Greg.
The winery also hosts special events like tours and bachelorette parties.
FRIDAY ~ 5:00 pm
Saturday ~ 3:00 pm
We can’t tell you how absolutely excited – and nervous – we are to be getting our hands on locally grown grapes for the first time. Twelve thousand pounds of carefully nurtured and lovingly tended grapes are being picked at their peak of ripeness in Erskine, Minnesota and delivered to 4e Winery in two loads on October 2 and 3. These will be crushed, pressed and fermented to make next year’s wines.
We could use some help. The red wine grapes need to be crushed and put into fermenters. The white and rose wines need to be pressed and their juice put into tanks for fermentation. This is all done by hand one bucket at a time, one press at a time. No, we won’t be stomping grapes in a tub, but we will need help moving grapes and juice. So if you can pick up and carry somewhat heavy buckets of grapes and juice, we would welcome your assistance.
We are going to make a working party out of it. We anticipate the grapes arriving Friday between 5-6 and Saturday in mid afternoon.. We plan to work until the job is done. But we will break for dinner. We’ll feed you and of course there will be plenty of drinks and fun.
Dress for work – you will want to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting stained with grape juice.
PLEASE RSVP so we can plan for food and drink.
Thank you – see you at Grape Crush 2015!
At long last 4e Winery is about to open it’s doors on July 12. It’s been a busy three years getting ready for this day and we are excited to share our wonderful farmstead with all of you. We have been working hard trying to get the grounds and buildings ready. We don’t know if we will make it with every project, so please pardon the dust as we continue to build and create a space for you to enjoy.
All our bottling supplies have arrived and we will be bottling up our initial offerings over the next week. We will be releasing our first five wines for tasting and sales. These include:
Apple Wine – a dry light food-friendly wine
Rhubarb – full of flavor, we will have two styles; one dry and one sweet
Blue Bliss – a refreshing blend of blueberries and lemon
Aronia Blush – a sweet aronia wine full of healthy antioxidants
Our future plans include a full complement of dry and sweet grape wines made from the wonderful cold-hardy hybrid grapes. We have some varieties in our vineyard and will be sourcing grapes from local growers. Due to the past two harsh winters, grape vines in our area have taken a beating – including our own 4e vines. They are bouncing back but we do not expect a crop this year. We will be obtaining grapes from growers in the tri-state region whose vines are well established and survived to produce a crop. While we would have loved to be able to open with these wines, mother nature has not been so kind. But bear with us as we grow. In the meantime, enjoy our prairie essence line of fruit wines.
We hope to see you on Sunday, July 12 for our opening day. We will be open on most weekends throughout the summer (Fri, 4p-7p; Sat, 11a-5:30p, Sun, noon-5p). Please make stop by, taste some wine and enjoy the farm.
Thanks for your support.
Greg Cook, owner and winemaker at 4e Winery was featured on KFGO’s Mike McFeely program. Guest host, Dayna Del Val talked with Greg about opening the winery and the state of the North Dakota wine industry. Take a listen: