Millbrook Winery's Winegrowing Boot Camp is an insider's         experience for the adventurous wine lover.




 Learn the art and science of Hudson Valley viticulture in this hands-on experiential program with winemaker, John Graziano.

Space is Limited


This eight (8) part experiental series will focus on hands-on viticulture and wine making subjects associated with the growing and making of Millbrook's Tocai Friulano and Cabernet Franc.



Each seminar will challenge participants to roll up their sleeves and plunge into grape growing and winemaking during their visits to Millbrook Winery throughout the 2015 season.

Participants will receive lunch, including a glass of wine, after each vineyard seminar during June through October at Millbrook's Vineyard Grille. The program also includes a seat at our annual Tocai Celebration luncheon (May 16) and our Harvest Party luncheon (October 24). A final closing luncheon will occur in March to celebrate the bottling of the wine in 2016.


$795.00 per person, plus tax

Club Member Pricing Available

Price Includes:

  • All Seminars
  • Use of vineyard equipment
  • One seat at our Tocai Release Party
  • Post-Seminar Lunch with wine at our Vineyard Grille
  • One seat at our 25th Annual Harvest Party
  • 1 case (12 bottles) of custom labeled Lollipop Hill Tocai Friulano wine after bottling in March 2016



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Saturday, April 18 10:00am- 2:00pm

Vine Pruning And Tying

Participants will learn the viticultural aspects of pruning with hands-on instruction from winemaker, John Graziano. Students will actively pull brush, prune and tie vines.



Saturday, May 16 11:00am-3:00pm

Bud Break & Tocai Release Party

Students will visually inspect their vine site with John Graziano for bud break cam vine condition, then attend the Annual Tocai Release Luncheon that follows.


Saturday, June 6 11:00am-1:00pm

Vertical Shoot Positioning

A critical step in grape growing, each student will learn the art of vertical shoot positioning to maximize sun exposure to the grape vines.


Saturday, July 11 11:00am-1:00pm

Leaf Pulling

In July as the leaf canopy develops students will learn the next critical procedure which balances the amount of direct and indirect sunlight onto the fruit.  


Saturday, September 26 11:00-1:00pm

Vineyard Walk & Tasting

Join John Graziano for a pre-harvest vineyard walk and tasting. Participants will tour through our vineyards with the winemaker and get to know our core varietals a little better. This is truly a unique experience allowing bootcampers to taste the grapes right off the vine and then experience them as wine.


Saturday, October 3rd or 10th 9:00-12:00pm

Grape Harvest

Harvest dates cannot be directly determined and will depend on the 2015 growing season. Ripe fruit will be harvested by each student and brought to the crush pad.  Each participant will be expected to pick up their baskets of fruit and dump them onto a conveyor which will lead into the grape press


Saturday, October 24 12:00-4:00pm

Harvest Party Luncheon

Join us as we celebrate another successful harvest! Our 25th Annual Harvest Party is sure to be the best yet. This unique wine and food pairing event is one you will not want to miss. All bootcampers will be recognized in a mini graduation ceremony during the luncheon.


March 2016 11:00am-2:00pm

Tocai Bottling

Over the winter the wine will be stainless steel fermented and cold stabilized by John Graziano and his wine making staff. In March each participant will come and watch as their personal case of wine is bottled and labeled.