Thank you for coming to our web site.
As I was thinking about the many things I should put on this page my mind kept wandering back to this morning. I stood on our backporch with a cup of coffee looking east as the sun rose over the vast North Dakota plains. Then several geese swam up in front of me on the lake about 50 ft. away at the same time I was watching two deer playing around on the hill across the lake.
I then gazed north over the vineyard and began thinking about the pruning and other work I needed to do. It is spring, with all the wonders and work. My wife, Loveta, and I own Dakota Hills Winery set on 25 acres in North Central North Dakota where we and our 6 year old son, Caleb, live and work. In that order!
Our winery began as a big idea, then as an investment, then a big job and then turned into a labor of love. In the spring of 2002 we purchased this century old homestead and began to plant. My wife thought it was going to be a U Pick Berry Farm, I surprised her with the winery idea. In 2005, after a long wait for the raspberries, blueberries, juneberries, cherries, plums, apples, currents, jostaberries, apricots, rhubarb, strawberries and grapes, we applied for all the permits and licenses involved for a winery.
A friend, Papa Ed, and others helped us get the winery buildiing together and equipted. In Ocotber of 2005 our permits came and soon after we began to make our first commercial wines from our many fruits, but I suffered a series of heart attackes. In the North Dakota pioneer spirit Loveta pressed on. Then in March of 2006 cancer came for a visit. I slowly healed while Loveta worked and worked and worked. On Mother’s Day 2006 we opened the Winery tasting room and for tours of the farm. What a great day! We did it!
But, not alone. We could not have been so successful if not for North Dakota folk. People like neighbors, church, family and the owners of Point Of View Winery in Burlington, ND. Well, I guess I should have been telling you about our 30 some estate style North Dakota wines and how much we hope you too can enjoy them. Or how we hand pick our fruit to make your wine or how much we love to host so many visitors at Dakota Hills Winery. Maybe I already have.
In His Vineyard of Blessings,
Rev. Brian W. Cochran Ph.D
Your Wine Maker