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Guide to local wineries near Fargo

When it comes to North Dakota wineries, Fargo is surrounded by them. All serving delicious wines in relaxed atmospheres, this guide gives an overview of each of them, including which North Dakota wines you should try.

Sample them all and pick what you think is the best Fargo winery! 

4e Winery

This 12-acre farmstead is located just 20 minutes west of Downtown Fargo. With rolling vineyards and a beautiful red barn, it’s a wonderful stop to relax from your day.

Step out onto the expansive deck, or stay inside and chat with the owners as you enjoy a glass of their delicious wine or sangria.

OFF THE VINE

Red: The Bison Tale is a popular choice, a sweet wine made from North Dakota grown grapes. Not to mention the bottle itself is beautiful. 

White: We recommend the Brianna for a dry and crisp choice, try the dry or the medium varieties.

WHAT’S GOING ON

In August, 4e holds a Maker’s Market where you can wander through local vendors as you sip their wine. 

Look for 4e at the Red River Market on Saturdays throughout the summer as well as Dazed in the Maze at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.

HOURS

Friday: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

3766 156th Ave SE, Mapleton, ND | (701) 936-9693

Bear Creek Winery

Bear Creek Winery is the only winery actually located in the city proper. Just south of town, you will find this beautiful escape with rolling hills and even a golf course.

The vineyard is also on-site, so make sure to go up to the deck and take in the views.

OFF THE VINE

Red: Their Petite Pearl wine is a very dry variety with a great finish. 

White: White Bus is similar to a Riesling with a semi-sweet taste and floral aromas. 

WHAT’S GOING ON

Throughout the summer, Bear Creek Winery hosts first Thursdays events with Milk Made. Enjoy this wine and cheese pairing starting in June through October.

HOURS

Thursday: 4:30 – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 1 – 6 p.m.

8800 25th St S, Fargo, ND | (701) 306-4709

Dakota Vines Winery

Just south of the Fargo-Moorhead area, you’ll find Dakota Vines Winery. The tasting room has a rustic feel and farm vibe along with great places to sit and enjoy their wines.

OFF THE VINE

Red: One of our favorites, the Roughrider wine is semi-dry with a cherry aroma and other great fruit flavors. 

White: The 2018 Flickertail is an off-dry wine made from Brianna grapes. With tropical fruit aromas and floral characteristics, the flavor is not too overpowering or sweet. Try the 2017 Flickertail for a sweeter option.

WHAT’S GOING ON

Dakota Vines hosts a Grape Stomp each August, join the stop competition to see who can produce the most juice. Plus, a festival with dozens of vendors, food trucks, and, of course, wine.

HOURS

Friday: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

17355 Co Road 4, Colfax, ND | (701) 553-8807

Maple River Winery

The first to come to the area, Maple River Winery is located right in Downtown Casselton, North Dakota. They make mostly fruit wines right out of their back room, and they even have a distillery next door.

OFF THE VINE

Red: Their Strawberry Rhubarb Wineis by far their most popular which is a sweet wine made from local fruits. 

White: If you’re looking for something completely unique (and spicy!), try the Apple Jalapeno Pepper wines here. 

WHAT’S GOING ON

You can find their slushie mix at the new MinnDak Market in the West Acres Mall among other “Pride of Dakota” items make right here in North Dakota.  

HOURS

Saturday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

628 Front St, Casselton, ND | (701) 347-5900

Prairie Rose Meadery

For something a little different, the Prairie Rose Meadery is serving up Mead which is a wine made from fermenting honey and other fruits.

OFF THE VINE

Red: Their Blackberry Mead has a great blackberry and honey flavor that is semi-sweet.

White: To start off, the Traditional Mead is a good introduction to this unique beverage. 

WHAT’S GOING ON

Prairie Rose Meadery is also part of the Crafts & Drafts Passport, grab a free digital passport and earn prizes.

HOURS

Thursday – Friday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

3101 39th St S, Ste E, Fargo, ND | (701) 371-3690

Red Trail Vineyard

For a laid back atmosphere and friendly hosts, stop by Red Trail Vineyard and try one of their award-winning varieties. The farmhouse invites you in with its wrap around porch and cozy interior.

OFF THE VINE

Red: The Sangria is a great refreshing wine for the summer. 

White: One of the most familiar wines, their Frontenac Gris is reminiscent of a Chardonnay with peach and grapefruit flavors. 

WHAT’S GOING ON

Throughout the summer, Red Trail Vineyard hosts Supper Nights with NDSU grown steaks, lobster boils, or fried chicken served with bread, coffee, and dessert. 

Join Red Trail for the Grape Harvest in the fall and help pick grapes for their next batch of wine. 

HOURS

Saturday-Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

3510 142nd Ave SE, Buffalo, ND | (701) 238-3337

Rookery Rock Winery

Built right on the beautiful shores of the Glacial Lake Agassiz, Rookery Rock has created a one-of-a-kind orchard and vineyard. Stop in their cozy farmhouse for great tasting wines while you listen to music on their turntable.

OFF THE VINE

Ask the extremely knowledgeable staff about their rare grapes and delicious wines available. 

HOURS

Friday-Sunday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

3660 147th Ave SE, Wheatland, ND | (701) 280-2470

Cideries & Distilleries

We would be remiss if we did not mention the awesome cideries and distilleries in the Fargo-Moorhead area as well. 

Cottonwood Cider House

Cottonwood was North Dakota’s first cidery, they make their ciders from North Dakota grown Apples in Ayr, North Dakota. The property has a huge apple orchard along with a tasting room.

GOTTA TRY

Try the Ayr Mule is a spin on the Moscow mule with spicy ginger and a splash of lime.

HOURS

Friday: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

14481 25 St SE, Ayr, North Dakota | (701) 866-9913

Proof Artisan Distillery

Residing in a historic 1920s building, Proof is a beautiful distillery with wonderfully crafted beverages. Creating Whiskeys, Vodkas, and Gins in big copper pot stills behind the bar, it’s a can’t miss for those looking for a locally made craft cocktail.

GOTTA TRY 

The Fargo Bulldog is a great choice made with their own 2Docks Vodka, 2Docks coffee, 2Docks cream, and coke. 

Wild Terra Cider & Brewing

Built out of an early 1900’s stable, Wild Terra is one of the coolest renovated buildings in Downtown Fargo. They bring in ciders from all over and also brew some of their own from local apples. Their tap list also includes a different flavor of Kombucha that rotates every so often.

GOTTA TRY

Since their tap list rotates so often, there isn’t a certain cider we would suggest. Ask for your bartenders favorite and you’re bound to have a good sip. 

HOURS

Monday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 12 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Red River Wine Trek

A passport program that the local wineries started to encourage visitation to all of the participating wineries.

Stop by all of the wineries involved and get a stamp and then turn the passport into the Visitors Center for a free shirt! 

Participating wineries: 4e Winery, Bear Creek, Cottonwood Cider House, Dakota Vines, Maple River Winery, Prairie Rose Meadery, Red Trail Vineyard, Rookery Rock Winery.