VISIT ASPELUND WINERY and Peony Gardens between Kenyon and Wanamingo, and you’ll discover a place of peace. I love this country spot. For its quiet setting. Its beauty. The genuine friendliness of owners Bruce and Dawn Rohl. And the wine.
In the spring, I delight in the peony fields bursting with color and fragrance.
In autumn, the changing hues of the surrounding farmland delight me as I sip wine on the tasting room deck.
This past Sunday afternoon brought a new experience as I watched the threshing of wheat, then grinding into flour. The winery hosted Heritage Wheat Demonstration Day, part of the Cannon Falls Area Historical Society’s Heritage Wheat Project.
After observing that process, I held a deeper appreciation for the early farmers who worked hard to grow, harvest, separate and grind wheat into flour. What a job.
But, oh, the delicious result—the grainy textured bread…
I didn’t just watch this demo, though. I wandered through the vineyard, already harvested. Photographed a golden apple.
Examined the towering flint corn the Rohls grow and grind into corn meal.
I paused, too, to photograph a homemade (I think) vehicle parked on the grounds.
And, of course, no visit here is complete without wine, this time mulled and sipped from a mug. Perfect for an autumn afternoon on the deck overlooking the ever-changing Minnesota countryside.
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