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A Tarry at Tongue River Vineyard and Winery

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Sam Leash
September 7, 2020

TL;DR: Harvest Hosts offers RVers unique overnight stays at host locations across North America. Tongue River Vineyard and Winery, a Montana gem, welcomes guests with fascinating history, award-winning wines, and serene surroundings. Joining Harvest Hosts over four years ago, they offer pet-friendly parking with electricity and water, making it a perfect stop for nature lovers and wine enthusiasts alike.

A Tarry at Tongue River Vineyard and Winery

Harvest Hosts is a unique RV membership program with a large network of available hosts. So far, 5181 vineyards, wineries, breweries, and more have opened their businesses to members of the Harvest Hosts RVing community. Through this program, members receive overnight accommodations with no camping fees in peaceful and serene places across North America. In return, members are asked to make a purchase to patronize the small business that hosts them. Of these Hosts, Tongue River Vineyard and Winery is particularly special. Here, you can learn all about this vineyard’s history, its operations today, its origins within the Harvest Hosts community, and what future visitors can expect to experience.A winery sign leads the way to the Tongue River tasting room.

The History

The story of Tongue River Winery began in 1966, when Bob and Marilyn Thaden met on their first day of college. Throughout the years, they jointly pursued their passions of gardening, while Bob pursued his passion in winemaking. These hobbies eventually led them to plant their first set of vines back in 2004. They have planted more vines every year since. In 2010, their son Josh joined their team as the lead winemaker, freeing Bob’s time to mostly work in the vineyard. Together, they make a great family business, producing spectacular regional wines that are enjoyed by many.Marilyn and Bob cheers drinks with their son Josh in their vineyard at Tongue River Winery.

The Business Today

Today, Tongue River Vineyard, approximately three acres in size, is the only commercial winery with a vineyard in Montana east of Missoula. They are Southeast Montana's only vineyard & winery location and have won over fifty medals for their fascinating grape and exotic fruit wines.They grow mostly University of Minnesota grape varieties, but are experimenting with others that might prove hardy enough for their harsh northern climate. Generally speaking, if they can keep their fruits alive in the winter, they have plenty of time to ripen it in the spring and summer, leading to some truly delicious wines. A winery sign leads the way to the Tongue River tasting room.In addition to cold-weather grape varietals such as Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Frontenac Blanc and La Crescent, they also create wines from apples, plums, cherries, raspberries, currants, rosehips, yellow chokecherries, and haskaps, all grown on their property. These unique fruits and grapes add perfectly to their roster of delicious and unusual wines. They occasionally supplement their fruit supply with fruits grown elsewhere, but they use only fruits grown on the Northern Plains. Using only regional fruits leads to the production of truly local varieties of wine. A truck camper is viewed through the leaves of a vine at Tongue River Winery.

Joining Harvest Hosts

Tongue River Winery joined the Harvest Hosts program just over four years ago, and they haven’t looked back since. Previous guests have loved their property, their hospitality, and their wines, with many returning more than once. There are several museums nearby, and the location is in close proximity to Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Their property features a gift shop and a garden, as well as opportunities for hiking and wildlife viewing. The setting is peaceful and beautiful, and there is electricity and water offered for a nominal fee. Currently, they offer six pet-friendly parking spaces for RVs under forty-four feet in length. In addition to operating as a Harvest Hosts location, they also rent several beautiful rooms through AirBnB .An RV and car sit on a gravel lot in front of a vineyard in South Dakota.Tongue River Vineyard and Winery is a unique Harvest Hosts location, providing a variety of delicious, cold-weather variety wines. Be sure to stop by next time you are crossing over from North Dakota to Montana.An RV and car sit on a gravel lot in front of a vineyard in South Dakota. Want to see more? Find more RV camping in Montana at any of these Harvest Hosts locations. Have you visited Tongue River Vineyard and Winery? Have you ever tried cold weather wines? How did you like them? Feel free to share about it in the comments below!_

About Harvest Hosts
Harvest Hosts is a unique RV camping membership that offers self-contained RVers unlimited overnight stays at over 8000 small businesses across North America with no camping fees. Boondock at farms, wineries, breweries, attractions, and other one-of-a-kind destinations throughout North America, and you’ll get peace of mind knowing that a safe place to stay is always nearby!
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Sam Leash
Sam is a seasoned traveler and RVer of 4+ years. She loves adventures of all kinds and spends as much time on the road as she can. When not exploring in her RV or writing about her travels, you can find her reading a good book, cooking a delicious meal, caring for her plants, or hiking with her dogs.
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