Environmental Consciousness Meets Fine Wine Vintners
Eco-Friendly Wines at The Lodge
All of our wines at The Lodge represent Organic or Sustainable growth and wine-making practices. We are proud to offer these leaders in the green movement within the wine industry.
Starmont is Merryale’s vision for a state-of-the-art, solar powered winery dedicated to producing exceptional Napa Valley varietal wines from sustainably farmed vineyards. Starmont is proud that both our estate vineyards and winery are certified Napa Green.
RUTHERFORD WINE COMPANY
The Rutherford Ranch Winery is on the site of the original Round Hill Winery started in the 1970’s by Ernie and Virginia Van Asperen. When the Van Asperen’s retired in 2000, Marko and Theo Zaninovich, long-time share holders with the Van Asperen family, acquired the winery. The estate vineyards were replanted with superior vines and the winery and Tasting Room have undergone significant renovations. Yet, the estate’s 100 year-old olive grove and unpretentious charm remain essentially unchanged. Today, Rutherford Wine Company includes Rutherford Ranch Winery (Napa Valley), Round Hill, Scott Family Estate (Arroyo Seco) and Lander-Jenkins Vineyards.
Founded over 125 years ago, Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery. Today, the winery maintains its leadership role in California winegrowing under ownership and management by the Fourth and Fifth Generations of the Wente family. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from approximately 3,000 acres of sustainably farmed Estate vineyards to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations, featuring wine tasting, fine dining and championship golf.
Founded as Chisago County’s first estate winery in 1995, WineHaven has become a cornerstone of Minnesota winemaking, producing highly acclaimed wines that capture the distinctive flavors of its vineyards and region. The Peterson family represents four generations of stewardship to the land and five distinct vineyards in the Chisago Lakes Area. WineHaven’s 50 acre estate is situated between three lakes – Lake Ellen, Green Lake, and Lake Martha. The lakes, combined with the area’s gentle southerly-sloping hillsides, provide natural protection for the delicate grapevine varieties. As a result, the fruit is able to ripen later in the season and the vines are protected from the north winds during winter storms.
Richwood Winery is based outside of Richwood, MN, which is just 10 miles North of Detroit Lakes. We are one of the newest Wineries in the state of Minnesota. Our Winery and Vineyard is located on an acre of land overlooking Buffalo Lake. In the spring of 2008 we planted three different varieties of cold hardy grapes developed by the University of Minnesota.
Richwood Winery now offers nine different wines and we are pleased to announce that three of the new wines were made with the addition of Blue Agave Nectar. We are excited to offer our wines to the community and to participate in the current trend and interest in purchasing locally produced products.
Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley – Complex and supple, aromas of concentrated blackberry and cassis echo on the palate showing the fruit’s fine Napa Valley breeding and structure.
Starmont Merlot – Napa Valley – Rich and concentrated, with aromas of cherries and vanilla, a silky texture and full, round finish.
Starmont Chardonnay – Napa Valley – Lively, focused aromas and flavors of apple, pear and vanilla are balanced by rich mouth feel and long finish.
Starmont Sauvignon Blanc – Napa Valley – Bright, fresh and remarkably versatile, with aromas and flavors of peach, citrus and melons. Oak aging contributes to the wine’s rich texture and long finish.
Rutherford Ranch ‘Scott’ Pinot Noir – Napa Valley – Black and red cherries, hints of almond, violets and pepper with floral aromatics of wild strawberry and dried herbs. Lush and long.
Rutherford Ranch ‘Predator’ Zinfandel – Napa Valley – Gorgeous deep ruby color, bold aromas, velvety texture and delicious flavors of ripe cherries, blackberries, exotic spices with a silky, lingering finish.
Wente ‘Southern Hills’ Cabernet Sauvignon – Livermore Valley, CA Flavors of cherry, dark plum and a hint of coffee. Rich, yet approachable with a long, smooth finish.
Wente ‘Morning Fog’ Chardonnay – Livermore Valley, CA – Aromas and flavors of green apple and tropical fruits, balanced by subtle oak, cinnamon and vanilla. With a mouth-filling body and balanced acidity.
Wente ‘Shorthorn Canyon’ Syrah – Livermore Valley, CA – Aromas of black cherry, cranberry and vanilla. With mouth filling flavors of black chery, earth and smoke with a smooth lingering finish.
Winehaven Honey Wine ‘Meade’ – Minnesota – A smooth, nicely balanced wine with a crisp, delicious finish that boasts a spectacular perfume of honey which is accompanied by an intriguing array of floral scents.
Richwood Winery ‘Richwood Rosie’ – Local – A semi-sweet wine made to Rosie’s taste, the winemakers mother. Grape wine with Blue Agave nectar.
Our Daily Red – Organic USA -Sulfite Free! A focused blend of Syrah, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon. Very -pleasing with dark fruits and great structure.
Chateau La Chapelle Maillard – Organic Bordeaux – Certified Biodynamic. Deep color and medium bodied with toasty and fruity aromas. The mouth is expressive of forested red and black fruits.
Jaume Serra Cristalino – Spain – Cava Brut – Aromas of apple and peach give way to a palate that is refreshing, and harmonious, with crisp fruit flavors and a clean finish.
Lunetta Prosecco Split – Italy – Enticing aromas of apple and peach give way to a palate that is refreshing, and harmonious, with crisp fruit flavors and a clean finish.
Round Hill White Zinfandel – California – Aromas of sweet watermelon, kiwi and freshly picked strawberries with a taste of cranberry fruitiness and sweet citrus of a mandarin orange, alluding to a faint reminder – of rose peta.
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“Wonderful hotel! Has a `lodge’ theme, and you can tell that a lot of thought, money, planning, and effort went into the building of this hotel. Lots of natural wood throughout the building. Hotel is right on a lake, has a dock, and strongly promotes its `green’ theme, which is nice. Rooms are quiet and were very clean. High-end toiletries. Hotel is within walking distance of a beautiful nature walk/bike trail and gas station/convenience store, with eateries/other stores within one to two miles.”
DEBORAH L. – TRIP ADVISOR GUEST
“Amazing hotel! They pride themselves on the eco-green atmosphere with biodegradable products and opportunities to re-use, re-new and refresh. The in-house spa features massages, facials, the whole pedi-mani routine. There is a perfect size pool and the rooms are fantastic. There is even a night light system in the bathrooms for any late night visits. Big oversize chairs to lounge in and comfy beds with beautiful linens. The staff is friendly and responsive. A great place to unwind and have an enjoyable glass of wine in the lobby while watching the sunset over the water.”
JANICE M – TRIP ADVISOR GUEST