Worth The Drive to Round Lake Vineyards & Winery
A trip to Okoboji, Iowa took us through Southern Minnesota and was the reason for visiting Round Lake Vineyards and Winery. Located about 2 hours south of us, it didn’t take but a few minutes to determine that it’s worth the drive to Round Lake Vineyards & Winery. The Vineyard grows 30 acres of grapes right on their property which puts them in the top 5 largest wineries in Minnesota. We discovered Round Lake Vineyards and Winery thanks to our Minnesota Winery Passport.
It’s worth the drive to Round Lake Vineyards & Winery
As you pull into the winery the gravel road takes you right between the acres of grapes. You can also take in the views of the white-fenced horse pastures, the vines, and some low-rolling hills. The winery building is beautiful inside and out and has the most stunning patio with seating overlooking a beautiful waterfall pond. Keep looking and you’ll also see views of the grapes, property and Round Lake with some lakeshore seating. You’ll most definitely want to plan some time to sit, relax and meander. Our favorite spot was right near the waterfall and ponds.
Round Lake Winery also has a kitchen and a food truck on site (not open during our visit) that is available during events. Plan to grab a bite to enjoy with your wine samples.
The property also boasts a beautiful events building where they host wedding receptions, parties, grape stomps, live music and other events throughout the season.
A fun fact about the doors at Round Lake Winery- they are the largest oak doors in Minnesota
The event center is big and spacious with doors opening up to the lakeside and plenty of seating sprawled out on the patio and close to the lake.
The inside of the winery is adorable. Very nice decor with lots of beautiful wood. You’ll find a variety of cute little wine-related gifts for sale and also a fireplace and TVs that overlook both the waterfall and also the horse pastures and vines. It’s a comfortable setting, inside or out and beautiful no matter where you decide to settle in to enjoy some wine and nosh on some food.
They say timing is everything and it certainly was in our case. As we walked into the winery the winemaker himself was just approaching to give a tour. The tour lasted about 20 minutes and Logan was our tour guide. Logan is also the winemaker and son of the owners!
A neat backstory, the logo for the winery is a pair of honkers:
Logan explained that the property that the winery sits on has been in the family for several generations and his grandfather brought the honkers to his land and the area way back when.
Aside from the waterfall and pond feature, a close second favorite spot on the property was an adorable little tea house that overlooks Round Lake. Sidebar: Round Lake is NOT round. Logan explained that his parents visited Japan during college. They fell in love with the tea ceremony rituals and decided to add this Tea House to their property. He also explained the Tea House is the spot where brides will get ready for their wedding that takes place at the Winery.
After touring the property a bit with Logan we went in for our wine tasting. The inside has a nice, homey feel and we felt like we were in someone’s kitchen while we made our wine selections. Like most Minnesota-grown wines, the wines we sampled were on the sweet side but were nicely balanced. We’re by no means wine experts and appreciate both red and white wines.
After our samples, we opted for some hummus and a veggie sandwich from the kitchen to take with us outside by the pond and waterfall.
There was part of us that wished we didn’t have other destinations to hit this day! We mentioned earlier the honkers being brought to the property by the grandfather of Logan (winemaker). Check out the logo that pays homage!
Found the most delightfully gorgeous winery on a road trip. Had an impromptu winery tour given by the winemaker. This is a must-stop vineyard if you ever find yourself in Southwestern Minnesota. Cheers! 🍷 . . . .. #DiningDusterWineryPassport #craftculture #minnesotawinery #vineyard #vineyards #vines #minnesota #redwine #whitewine #mnwine #roadtrip #wine #winetasting #minnesotalove #minnesotalife #winelover #summerlovin #winelovers #mnwinerypassport #twincitiescollective #minnesotamade #supportlocal #roundlakemn #discovermidwest #midwestlivingmag #letsgoeverywhere #thisisminnesota #travelblogging #travelblogger
If you’re looking for a little road trip, we highly suggest taking a drive to Round Lake Vineyards & Winery. It’s worth the drive!
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How to get to Round Lake Vineyards & Winery
open 7 days a week
check their website for seasonal hours
Cheryl @ O the Places We GoApril 14, 2018 at 7:32 pm
A wine passport? That’s so cool. This place looks like a wonderful place to relax!
Kelly & Dusty RatcliffApril 16, 2018 at 2:04 pm
A wine passport is a great concept, indeed! Such a lovely place to sit and relax.
Kim R (Oh My Omaha)April 12, 2018 at 5:25 am
Looks like a winery I’ll have to work into a road trip. The patio is my kind of place to relax.
Kelly & Dusty RatcliffApril 16, 2018 at 2:04 pm
Shutterbug SageApril 10, 2018 at 4:18 pm
I have heard so many things about Minnesota’s wine country. I’m super excited to give it a try one of these days, hopefully sooner rather than later! 🙂
Kelly & Dusty RatcliffApril 11, 2018 at 10:08 am
We think you’ll really enjoy it! You’ll have to let us know which ones you visit.