Hello! My name is Lisa Cook, and my awesome husband, Greg and I are the co-founders and co-owners of 4e Winery, Mapleton, North Dakota. We opened 4e Winery on a century-old farmstead near Casselton, North Dakota in July of 2015, and have been sharing our little piece of the prairie with our guests ever since.
Our dream turned into a reality when we purchased our farmstead in 2012 with the intention of turning Greg’s home winemaking hobby into something that we could share with others. Over the past 9 years, we have transformed an old farmhouse that was built on one of the original Bonanza Farms into a welcoming space where our guests can experience the peace of the North Dakota prairie while enjoying our award-winning wine and ordering from our menu of house-made food offerings.
Restoring the Prairie
In 2017 we partnered with the Cass County Soil Conservation District to restore about five acres of overgrazed pasture to natural prairie. As the prairie grasses take back the land that was lost to cultivation many years ago, we want to create an inviting space between our vineyard and the prairie where our guests can sip a glass of wine made with grapes grown just feet from where they are sitting.
The Prairie Pavilion @ 4e Winery
On the cement pad of an old silo, long since gone, we would like to build a sheltered space which we will call our Prairie Pavilion. The Prairie Pavilion would be the base for future events that will combine local wine with education about the prairie ecosystem of which we are a part, as well as the rich history of the Red River Valley. We hope to partner with groups such as the Cass County Soil Conservation District, Audubon Dakota, and the Cass County Historical Society to foster education and appreciation of the North Dakota heritage to our guests. If we are chosen, the grant money will be used to develop this space.
Please join us!
We are passionate about local: local wine, local food, and local experiences. Please help us spread this passion by joining us as a backer of this campaign.