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Money Awarded for More Grape Wines in ND

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Whether you like it sweet or dry...More local wines could soon be hitting the shelves.
80-thousand dollars in research grants have been awarded to support and promote the state's grape and wine industry.
These are the first dollars the North Dakota Legislature have appropriated for the state's industry. 
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin visits one local winery about the need for grapes in North Dakota.

Vintner's Cellar got it's start in 2005.
Owner Allan Fuller says business has been growing every year.
(Allan Fuller / Vintners Cellar) "We've changed the way we do business. We were a franchise. We aren't anymore a majority of our business is people bring us fruit and we build a wine for them basically. They do some sampling, if they want it a little sweeter or not quite as sweet, not everyone is the same. We build it according to their likes. 
Fuller says more research needs to be done to improve the characteristics and varieties of grapes being grown in North Dakota.
Creating grapes that can handle the North Dakota extremes...Especially improving winter hardiness.
(Allan Fuller / Vintners Cellar) "The grapes that grow here there needs to be research on those grapes to make them better for wine. Not that they are bad. There are people making excellent wine with those grapes. There just needs to be more research. It's beneficial for the whole industry. "
Fuller says Diamond Diva--their special wine made with North Dakota grapes--is one of the best sellers. 
(Allan Fuller / Vintners Cellar) "We do have one wine that we make with North Dakota grapes. We have tweaked that wine. We've got it to the point where it sells really well. We were out of it for about a month and you could definitely tell. Customers coming after that wine, waited to buy wine till it was back on the shelf." 
Fuller says there's a demand for local...
People want to know where the grapes are grown and where this 10 week process takes place.
(Allan Fuller / Vintners Cellar) "There is a demand for it. we have grown a little every year. People come in that's one of the first questions they ask, is where is the wine made, where is your vineyard? We tell them the wine is built here right where you are standing."

A North Dakota State University researcher received $66,500 to study improving the winter hardiness of grapes. 
$2,000 was awarded to a couple in Carrington to study growing grapes in high tunnel greenhouses. 

 

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