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                             Tongue River Winery  ‚Äč

Bob & Marilyn Thaden met on the first day of college at Macalester College way back in 1966. Inseparable since then, they've gardened, traveled, made wine, gardened, made wine, traveled, made wine, etc. along with raising their two children.

Marilyn chose speech pathology to support her vices of gardening, music, traveling, wine drinking, parenting and community service. Bob spent 30 plus years as a United Church of Christ pastor in the upper west, and after achieving burnout, chose to pursue a different 'spirit' to uplift people's souls. Now he spends his summers weeding, training vines, weeding, pruning, 

weeding some more,  still preaching and does a few weddings at the vineyard. He has been a winemaker for 55 years.

MELODIE  joined the crew a few years ago and is now the fulltime Vineyard Specialist. She hails from Wisconsin but now calls Montana home. Previously in Wisconsin, Melodie was kitchen manager of a couple of brewpubs and also managed a landscaping business for several years.

MARGARET is new as of July 2021 and is our Winery Specialist.  She has wanted to become a professional winemaker for a dozen years and is apprenticing with Bob to learn all of his secrets in making fine wine! She's the taller elf. (This was our Dec 2021 Holiday Party).