Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What is the Heartland Wine Tour?

The Heartland Wine Tour is a new way for the people in America's heartland to discover wine!

The tour is perfect for all levels of wine drinkers - from those who don't know anything about wine, to those who are established wine-lovers.

You will begin in Rothsay or Barnesville, MN and travel to three different stops in North Dakota to learn about the life cycle of wine - from grapevine to bottling. And you will taste almost 30 different varieties of wine.

Keep reading to see photos and learn more about each stop on the tour, and call 218.867.2256 immediately to reserve your tour today.

*Check back soon for spring/summer 2010 tour dates or call now to reserve a date of your choice.

The tour runs from 1:00 pm to approximately 9:00 pm.

Click here for cost information.

Beginning the Tour

The Heartland Wine Tour departs from the Rothsay Powerhouse at 1:00 pm on tour days. If needed, the bus can stop for rider pickups at the Galaxy in Barnesville at 1:30 pm or Fargo at 2:00 pm (please inform when making reservations if you require a Barnesville/Fargo pickup).

Tour participants will be provided with a complimentary glass of wine on the bus.

Participants are also encouraged to bring coolers with additional beverages or snacks to enjoy on the bus (the first stop is approximately 90 miles from Rothsay).

Heartland Wine Tour - First Stop

The first stop on the Heartland Wine Tour is at the Red Trail Vineyard. This is a working vineyard where you can walk out through the grapevines and witness how the winemaking process begins.

The tasting room is a 100 year old granary/bunkhouse that has been renovated.

Here you can taste wines made from grapes grown on the Red Trail Vineyard and make wine purchases.

Heartland Wine Tour - Second Stop

The second stop on the Heartland Wine Tour is the Maple River Winery in historic downtown Casselton, ND.

Here you will get to tour the winemaking process and see how wine is made from many local ingredients such as fruits and plants that are grown in North Dakota.

After the tour, you'll participate in an extensive tasting of up to 20 different wines, and have the opportunity to purchase any of the Maple River Wines.

Heartland Wine Tour - Third Stop

At approximately 5:00 pm, all tour guests will go next door from the Maple River Winery to the Red Baron Lounge and Pizza Pub.

The Red Baron Lounge and Pizza Pub has delicious homemade pizzas for order, and a great selection of wines, beer, and liquor to purchase.

Heartland Wine Tour - Fourth Stop

At approximately 7:00 pm, the tour stops at Vintner's Cellar in downtown Fargo, ND.

Vintner's Cellar is a wine bar where you will taste five different wines.

In the back you can browse wines to purchase and also learn how you can create your own wine.

After the tasting at Vintner's Cellar, the bus returns to the Rothsay Powerhouse.
Call 218.867.2256 to schedule your tour today!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Wine Tour Cost

The Heartland Wine Tour costs $50 per person, or $40 per person for groups of 4 or more.

Max capacity on the Heartland Wine Tour bus is 14.

An advance deposit of 50% is required at time of reservation (refundable if canceled at least 2 weeks prior to tour).

Included for this price:
* eight hours of edu-tainment
* transportation to vineyard/wineries in a deluxe party bus
* complimentary glass of white or red wine on the bus
* all tours and tastings at the vineyard/wineries

Wine purchases and pizza will be at your own expense.
Tour guests are encouraged to bring coolers with additional beverages or snacks on the bus.

Call 218.867.2256 to reserve your tour today!

Heartland Wine Tour is operated by Fosse Leasing Co., Inc (Paul and Sandy Fosse)