Glen Ullin vineyard on Sept. 7 bus tour
The North Dakota Grape and Wine Association is offering a bus tour to two western North Dakota vineyards on Saturday, Sept. 7.
Besides visiting Chateau Moravia at Bismarck and Haymarsh Valley Vineyards at Glen Ullin, the tour will stop at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at Washburn and the Dakota Gasification Co.’s $2.1 billion operation at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah, which produces natural gas.
However, the main focus on the bus tour will be the new and expanding grape and wine industry in North Dakota. The NDGWA members will share the latest information about cold-hardy grapes and the North Dakota State University grape research breeding project, and will give participants an opportunity to ask questions and sample some of the wines being made by grape growers and wineries in the state.
The buses will leave from the Bismarck Radisson Hotel at 605 E Broadway Ave. Registration begins at 8 a.m. A limited block of rooms has been reserved for the tour group for both Friday and Saturday nights. Secure yours by calling 701-255-6000. A private wine tasting at Vintners Winery has been scheduled for Friday evening for an additional fee at the door.
One may view more schedule details or register for this tour by going to the NDGWA website: www.ndgga.org. Preregistration is $65 for NDGWA members and $75 for non-members through Monday, Sept. 2. After Sept. 2, prices will increase by $10. The fee includes the bus ride, visitor center fees, two meals and wine tasting on Saturday evening.