Wine & Enology
Making, Tasting & Appreciation

Classes & Workshops

Intro to home winemaking 

Introduction to Home Winemaking (800-03-24-18)
Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m. - noon AND Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. - noon
Drew Horton, University of Minnesota Enology Specialist at the Horticulture Research Center

Are you interested in making your own wine, but not sure how to start? Join Drew Horton, the University of Minnesota's enology (wine research) specialist for this two-part workshop. Designed for beginners, you and other winemaking hobbyists will begin with a solid, research-based framework of knowledge as you learn what equipment and supplies are needed, where to source grapes or other fruit, the steps of winemaking, and much more. This workshop is located at the Horticulture Research Center (across from the Arboretum, adjacent to the seasonal apple house!) so you can see the winemaking process used to test the University's wine grapes. You will leave with the knowledge and confidence to make wine in your own home.
Limit 24, University of Minnesota Horticulture Research Center

2 spots left

$80 member/$95 non-member, includes handouts, exclusive access to the Horticulture Research Center, and hands-on demonstrations with wine making equipment

  Introduction to Wine Tasting and Wine Appreciation (800-04-07-18)
Saturday, April 7, 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Drew Horton, University of Minnesota Enology Specialist at the Horticulture Research Center

The millenia-old tradition of grape fermentation produces an astonishing array of complex flavors and diverse wine types! Join Drew Horton, the University of Minnesota's enology (wine research) specialist to increase your knowledge and appreciation for this ancient beverage. In the company of aspiring wine aficionados, you will learn how to taste and describe wine, how to read a wine label, how wine glasses impact your tasting experience, and the basics of wine and food pairing. Drew's experience as a winemaker and his conversational style will impart a level of knowledge sure to make your next winery visit much more interesting, and impress your next dinner party's guests! For ages 21 and up. Fee includes light hors d'oeuvres, extensive wine sampling and Riedel wine glass.

Limit 40, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$80 member/$95 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, Riedel wine class to take home, and all supplies

Mark MacClennan 

 This program features wine tastes!

Paint and Wine: The Japanese Garden in Bloom (125-05-17-18)
Thursday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Georgia Kandiko, longtime educator, award winning professional watercolor artist, and Arboretum devotee

Level: No experience necessary
In conjunction with the recent opening of the Arboretum summer show "Origami in the Garden" join us for a fun, relaxing and educational evening. Begin with an introduction to art as well as wine made from grapes developed at the University of Minnesota. Learn tips and techniques from Georgia that will turn your blank canvas into one of the most beloved locations in the Arboretum - The Japanese Garden! Even though you are guided step-by-step, Georgia encourages each student own unique perspective to shine through. Bring a friend, make it a date night or come to make new friends. No painting experience required! Come early and enjoy "Origami in the Garden," an outdoor sculpture exhibition created by American artists Jennifer and Kevin Box. Just bring yourself; all materials are included to make and bring home a ready-to-hang painting.
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

  The Botany Behind Wine and Wine Barrels: A Day Trip from Forest to Glass (800-05-19-18)
Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Drew Horton, University of Minnesota Enology Specialist at the Horticulture Research Center
Laura Vogel, Adult Education Programs Manager, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

If you're a wine enthusiast, you will not want to miss this one-of-a-kind trip! Led by Drew Horton, University of Minnesota Enology Specialist, and Laura Vogel, Arboretum Adult Program Manager, the morning will begin with a short Arboretum walk to view and learn about Minnesota's white oak trees - the beginning of a wine barrel. Afterward, you will travel by bus to a local cooperage using Minnesota oak to make wine and spirits barrels. Coopers Greg and Matt Sumner of Atlas Barrels will demonstrate how they make, toast and char barrels. Then it's time to hit the road again, stopping this time at the University's Horticulture Research Center. After a picnic lunch, you'll tour the research vineyards and the wine lab, learning about the art and science of growing grapes and making wine. The day will conclude back at the Arboretum with a wine tasting featuring specially chosen Minnesota grown and made wines that were aged in Minnesota oak barrels. You will leave with a greater appreciation for the botany behind your wine and a top quality Riedel wine glass.

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Limit 22, Meet at the Snyder Lobby

$95 member/$110 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, picnic lunch, wine sampling, transportation to and from the Arboretum, and a take-home Riedel wine glass



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