We have found an excellent little vineyard. Next Chapter Vineyard in New Prague, MN ran a LivingSocial a few months back. We choose a weekend for the Vine Pruning Experience. This vineyard was a super small family operation out in the middle of nowhere. We took a road trip and fell in love with every aspect. The tool shed turned wine-tasting space. The wall of mismatched odds and ends that Tim, the owner, uses for his wine creating. The beautiful German Shepard puppy that followed us around everywhere, and of course, the delicious wine!
We spent a few hours in the early morning all bundled up with our pruning sheers. Tim showed us how to properly prune the vines for optimal growth. It was an almost therapeutic movement, row by row, moving so much that our freezing bodies were soon warm and comfortable. We drank mulled wine as we worked and enjoyed the winter silence around us.