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Activities and Experiences

We offer a variety of unique and memorable experiences at The Next Chapter Winery.


We are open for complimentary tastings, picnics, and vineyard/winery tours.

Thursday 1pm – 7pm
Friday 1pm – 7pm
Saturday 1pm – 7pm
Sunday 1pm – 7pm

Vine Pruning

In March, the vine pruning commences. We begin at 10.00 a.m. with small groups, heading out to the vineyard to sculpture the vines for the growing season. We conduct a barrel tasting before a lunch of gourmet pizza from Pizzeria 201.  This experience is for the adventurous folks who want to see the nitty gritty work it takes to make a delicious bottle of wine.

Barrel Tasting with Gourmet Meal

Enjoy a barrel tasting or beer drinking and candlelight gourmet Dinner for two in the chandeliered barrel room at the Next Chapter Winery in the rolling hills of New Prague, MN. A presentation in wine making and grape growing will begin the evening while guests enjoy a variety of wine and cheeses, followed by the opening  of ten barrels to “thief” from.  A gourmet meal of either garlic focaccia crusted chicken breast (first three weekends in August) or roasted pork tenderloin (last three weekends) with an apricot glaze served with sides and a variety of specialty breads, desert, and great coffee is served courtesy of Pizzeria 201. Guests who don’t drink wine may choose 3 bottles from a selection of Schell’s beers.

Barrel tasting dinners are offered on:

  • August 15,16,22,23,29,30
  • September 5 & 6
  • 7 pm – 9.30 pm. $60 per person

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) & Italian Dinner

Limelight Theatre Company presents: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged.” by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.
Welcome to the world of Shakespeare! “Born when three inspired, charismatic comics, premiered their preposterous masterwork at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987.  The show features three overachievers attempting to perform all thirty-seven of Shakespeare’s plays in ninety-seven minutes.  Fast paced, witty, and physical, it’s an evening of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.”
Dinner provided by Pizzeria 201
Menu – Beef Stroganoff on a bed of egg noodles, Roasted Seasoned Vegetables, Garden Salad, Fresh Roll, and Apple Cake with warm butter sauce for dessert
Wine and beer cash bar available
September 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 dinner served at 6:30 PM, Show to immediately follow
September 14, 21, 28 dinner served at 5:00 PM, Show to immediately follow
For more information contact Andy Velishek at or call 612-756-0399

Vine Training, Shoot Thinning & More

In June, we have vine training, shoot thinning, cluster thinning and leaf pulling in the morning before the barrel tasting and gourmet lunch from Pizzeria 201 in Montgomery.  This relaxing experience truly brings you in touch with nature and gives you a better idea what goes into the making of the delicious nectar of the gods that we call wine.

  • $50 per person includes lunch and two glasses of wine

Harvest Time

September is harvest time! We meet under the tent at 10 am before heading out to a lush and thriving vineyard. We drop the ripe clusters of grapes into lugs under the vines, while sitting comfortably on buckets with cushions. A gourmet lunch with wine (of course), a wine making demonstration, and a ridiculously hilarious grape stomp combine to make this the perfect outing for family, friends, and loved ones.

  • September 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28,
  • October 3, 4, 5
  • $50 per person includes lunch and two glasses of wine
  • Children and young adults are welcome.  Cost for underage visitors is $20.

Paint & Sip Experience

Spend an evening in the chandeliered barrel room of the Next Chapter Winery in the rolling hills of New Prague, MN. Professional painting instructors in acrylic will provide canvases, painting supplies and instruction while guest enjoy two glasses of wine of their choice and a variety of cheeses and chocolates.
Cost is $59 per couple (a value of $120). This also includes painting supplies, canvas, instructors. Guests will return home with their paintings.

  • August 14,19,20,24,26,28
  • 7pm-9pm

Dine in the Vines

Rolling hills, 3,000 hearty vines, and a gourmet feast await you with today’s deal from Next Chapter Winery. Since 2007, this cold-climate vineyard has been crafting barrel-aged wines. Now you have a chance to sample them for yourself during this unforgettable dining experience.

  • $60 for admission for one to a lunch in the vineyard with wine barrel tasting
  • Reservations are available on October 10, 17, 18, 24, and 25 for lunch at 11 a.m.
  • Enjoy a candlelit lunch featuring a fresh garden salad; baked chicken breast stuffed with pears, apples, and gouda cheese; specialty breads; dessert; and more
  • Afternoon also includes a wine-making demonstration and talk on vineyard management
  • Cranberry, Apple, Muzungu, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc wines available
  • Guests may substitute wine with three bottles of beer


E-mail preferred dates to Space is limited. In the past all these experiences have been sold out. We will honor the discounted price for any social site at the end of the evening.