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.
© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
I love places like this and that mulled wine looks really wonderful on a fall afternoon. Perfect outing for a fall day.
Yes, it was.
What an interesting event in a beautiful setting. Looks and sounds wonderful. I’m glad you were able to attend.
You would have enjoyed it.
What fun! Mick and I visited a winery in Cannon Falls about two weeks ago – Cannon River Winery – and really enjoyed ourselves. We’ll have to add this one to the list, especially now that the leaves are turning!
I love Cannon Falls and all it offers. The Sogn Valley Art Fair is coming up there soon. I attended that event once only, when it was held in a beautiful country setting. If you like small town bakeries, I highly recommend the one in Cannon Falls.
Thanks for the recommendations!
You are most welcome.
I remember your spring post about this winery. At the time they were making asparagus wine. Did you ever get to taste it? My friend and I wanted to visit while I was in Minnesota, but we ran out of time.
I totally forgot about the asparagus wine so focused was I on the mulled wine. Another trip back sometime to taste that…
Aha, my great grandfather, Albert William Rohl (1862-1957) grew up on a farm just outside of Morristown. A distant relative of the winery owners?
It’s possible. I think a visit with Bruce is in order to learn the answer to your question.
The car is really cool. It was a production car I do believe – just not sure what manufacturer.
I can’t imagine how many long and tedious hours it would take to feed your family. So very interesting to see how things are being done. I’ve been watching a farming documentary series on YouTube. They are living on an Edwardian era farm for a year.
I thought of that, too, how much effort involved in simply making a loaf of bread.