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"Twisted Sisters" Vineyard

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Around here, some of the most common crops to harvest are beets, corn, wheat. But a fruit is gaining popularity!

Val Anderson says, "My sister had the romantic idea that it would be really really fun."

Just a few minutes with sisters Val and Cheryl, and you can tell they know how to have a good time. And those personalities are intertwined into their business.

Val says, "We were talking with a friend and he's very passionate about it."

"We decided that would be a great idea after a few more bottles of wine," says Cheryl Elliott.

The two started a vineyard near Blanchard appropriately named "Twisted Sisters". They grow and harvest the grapes.

Val says, "We have friends who like to make wine and they'll share some with us."

And that's where Horticulturist, Steve Sagaser, comes in. He says, "Not every grape grower is a wine maker and not every wine maker is a grape grower."

Steve takes the sisters' grapes and makes wine. He says it's a hobby and business that's growing in the area as more and more people realize that it can be done.

"I don't believe we will ever be Napa Valley, but we can grow a good variety of grapes here," says Steve.

As for these twisted sisters, they say maybe one day they'll start making wine. For now, they'd rather drink it.

Val says, "I strictly drink red wine and I like my red wine."

"Actually, I like beer more, isn't that awful?" says Cheryl.

Researchers from NDSU use the Twisted Sister Vineyard to find better growing techniques for the area and help further the North Dakota grape industry.

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