Links to some of our favorite websites:
North Dakota Grape and Wine Association (NDGWA.ORG): This is the North Dakota group which has been around for almost 10 years. Tongue River Winery's Bob Thaden is a board member of this organization and serves as the Chair of the Research Committee. He and Marilyn have been very active with NDGWA for more than a half-dozen years. You can find interesting information on this site, including a number of educational offerings.
Probably the most important current project is a joint effort between NDGWA and NDSU in breeding quality wine grapes that truly will survive and thrive in our climate in ND, SD, and MT. Tom Plocher serves as an active consultant to this breeding program, which has a trial planting of several thousand grapevines at the Minot NDSU site. The hope is that offspring of some of these crosses being bred in Fargo will lead to promising grapevine cultivars within the next 5-10 years.
The Montana Grape and Winery Association is a non-profit organization formed in 2015, representing several dozen vineyards and orchards and almost 20 commercial wineries in Montana. It also supports the education and connections for amateur growers and winemakers. MTGWA holds an annual meeting generally in the northwestern part of the state where most of its members reside.
It also has involvement with Montana State University's small fruit research farm in Corvallis, MT. You can reach them by clicking on the underlined name above! Bob Thaden serves on the Board.
Petite Pearl Plus: This is Tom Plocher's website describing his breeding program in Minnesota and showcasing some of the results he's creating. Tom's vines are a promising alternative in hardiness and quality. We're still evaluating them for hardiness in our area.