2011 Grape Stomp - Thank You!

August 31, 2011
"Wow!"   "What a good time!"  "We'll be back next year!"

These were the words we heard many times during the Sixth Annual North Dakota Grape Harvest Festival that was held on Saturday, August 20th.  We had many new guests along with guests who have attended our Festival every year from six states and Canada. Many were surprised at the quality of the entertainment and the neat and tidy vineyard.   

We would like to thank you all for attending and hope to see you at next years Festival that is scheduled for Saturday, August 18th, 2012. 

We would also like to thank our planning committee that make this Festival a success.  Special thanks to the 30 volunteers who helped us on Show Day.  We couldn't do it without you.  And Thank You to the Community of Buffalo and the First Responders Unit for your continued support and help.    
The Hogen Family

2011 Grape Stomp Tickets Now On Sale!

August 5, 2011
Quick note to let ya all know tickets are now on sale!!

Save $5 now and buy in advance.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.

For more info & to purchase tickets go here:


Also, your advance tickets will be held at the gate for you.



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Winter Wine, Hail & A Grape Stomp...

July 28, 2011
It's beginning to look a lot like a vineyard........Yes!  With all the rain and warm temperatures the grape vines are growing fast and the grapes are larger than the size of a pea. But the bad news is we had a hail storm a week ago and it will reduce the size of the crop by 50% or more.  From my experience from the hail storm in 2007 the damage grapes turned brown and became hard and it didn't seem to affect the wine.  Our wine in 2007 was very good, but the production was low.  So I gu...

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News from the RT Vineyard

July 11, 2011
The grapes flowered a little later this year and need some sunshine and heat.  The last trip through the vineyard showed a lot of clusters and some of the grapes are now the size of peas and growing fast with the good moisture and warm temperatures.   I have been busy this week spraying the rows for weeds.  I use a product called Rely, which is a burn down chemical and it doesn't hurt the vines, only the weeds.

This past week we have been busy with groups that we provided food and wine ...

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Latest from the Red Trail Vineyard

June 11, 2011
Greetings Friends,

All the vines are healthy and looking great.  We had a light frost last week but it didn't seem to hurt the vines, so now they are happy and growing fast.  We still have a lot of work to do and all the mowing will began this next week along with our fertilization program and it's time to start spraying Rely herbicide in the rows for weed control.
Still busy with the production of our 2010 wines and also working on new bottles and labels.  We will soon start produc...
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Farm & Ranch Guide Story

June 4, 2011
Check out this great write up from Dale Hildebrant of the Farm & Ranch Guide:

Farm & Ranch Guide Article

Dale will be writing more stories throughout the grape growing season. So be sure to check back!

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Wine Sale at Packers Package!

May 28, 2011
Huge sale going on NOW at Packers Package in West Fargo!  Save nearly $4 a bottle on our Alpha Rose, Marquette and Frontenac Gris.  Sale prices good through June 1st.

Packers Package is located next to Sunmart Foods in West Fargo.  Address: 9th St East & 13th Avenue, West Fargo, ND.

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Finally, Spring is Here!

May 16, 2011
OK, did I miss spring ?    It seems that way with the many cold rainy days!   The good news is the forecast for a week for sunshine with temperatures in the 60's and 70's.
Our vines will be budding a little later this year but sometimes that not bad because the chance of a  frost is less as we start the end of May.  The vineyard is now all pruned and buds are starting to swell and soon will open. 

I finished spraying Roundup in the rows and spraying around the Tasting Room with 2-4-D f...

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"Pruners Always Welcome"

May 3, 2011
It's spring and the pruning has begun!  Last week my son Darin and I spent a couple of days pruning and we are about half done.  All of the Frontenac Gris are pruned and only a few of the Marquette's are left.  Both varieties survived another winter in good shape and we lost less than 1%.  Darin and I also pruned the Frontenac Gris in the gofer vineyard and also started on the King of the North.   

Darin who has lived in the Wine Country of Oregon for the past 14 years was a fast learn...
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HB1340 & Our First Event of 2011!

April 12, 2011
Lot's of news concerning the Wine Industry in North Dakota . HB1340, which would give wineries in the State of ND the right to self distribute their wine to retail outlets, is a very important step in the survival of the industry in North Dakota. Thirty-nine (39) other states all have a similar law which has increased their sales and has created more jobs, tax revenue and tourism. The wine industry of North Dakota needs YOUR HELP. Please take a moment and contact your Senator and tell th...

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