Round Lake Vineyards given regional award
ROUND LAKE -- Round Lake Vineyards & Winery was honored as the "Project of the Year" by the Southwest Regional Development Commission (SRDC) during the organization's annual banquet Thursday, which was conveniently located at the winery.
ROUND LAKE - Round Lake Vineyards & Winery was honored as the “Project of the Year” by the Southwest Regional Development Commission (SRDC) during the organization’s annual banquet Thursday, which was conveniently located at the winery.
“It was a surprise, we didn’t even know we were going to get it,” Scott Ellenbecker, co-owner of the winery, said. “It certainly is an honor because I know there are a lot of projects in the area.”
Located just within the borders of Jackson County, the winery received financing from the SRDC via the Jackson County Revolving Loan Fund to add a 5,000-square-foot reception hall and wine cellar in 2015. The project, which was also supported by a low-interest loan from the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp., transformed the winery into a destination and event venue.
“Our first year we had a few weddings, and now we’re doing close to 30 weddings a season,” Ellenbecker said. “People are looking at this not only as a local wedding place, but we’re hosting a lot of private and corporate events - we just had the Minnesota Cattlemen's Association for an event the other day.”
Founded in 2007 by Ellenbecker and his wife, Jenny, the winery grows 80 percent of its own grapes and does all of its own bottling. It has expanded its wine sales to sell offerings in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and North Dakota.
The venue recently began offering an increased selection of food including steak, seafood and pasta, and has grown its staff to seven full-time workers and 20 part-time summer employees.
The SRDC “Project of the Year” is given out every year by the SRDC Awards Committee. Last year, Edgerton’s Menning Enterprises was the recipient.