Winemaking Courses

trying-wineWant to Make Wine?

Stonefield Cellars hosts two Winemaking Courses per year (in the spring, and in the fall) taught by Robert E. M. Wurz, Ph.D.

In six classes over 8 weeks, this course covers the full winemaking process: from fermentation to bottling. Learn techniques to start or improve your own home winemaking while creating your own wine during class in small teams of 2-4 & hone your wine evaluation skills with classes on sensory evaluation training and food and wine pairing.

Spring 2017 Course Dates & Times: 

Mondays 7:00-9:00 pm in the Stonefield Cellars Production Room.

March 13th: Introduction – basics of fermentation and winemaking

March 27th: Principles of Winemaking – racking, barrels, oak alternatives, tannins. Wines of the world

April 3rd: Wine sensory evaluation. Food and wine pairing

April 10th: Defects and Problems: causes and remedies, fining agents, additives, filtering

April 17th: Blending, tasting panel, bottling preparations

May 1st: Bottling, Labeling, Wrap-up, Exam
Cost: $185
Provided: Materials, snacks, 3 bottles of wine bottled by the class

Must be at least 21 years old to participate.
Class size limited to 16 people.
Registration – For Registration please either CLICK HERE and scroll to the bottom to purchase a ticket, Email Sarah at or Call 336-644-9908 during business hours.

Students Registering Between 2/23/17 & 3/5/17 Will Be Added to an Existing Team:
Current Teams: 
  • Dry Red Team 1: Bold Cabernet Sauvignon (Beginner)
  • Dry Red Team 2: Amarone w/ Grape Skins (Advanced)
  • Dry/Sweet White Team 1: (Beginner & Advanced)
  • Sweet Red Team 1: Chocolate Cherry Dessert Wine (Beginner)
Registration Ends 3/5/17

Instructor Biography
Robert E. M. Wurz, Ph.D. – Robert is a native of Napa Valley, CA. He received his doctorate in wine chemistry from the University of California, Davis. He has taught wine making classes at Patrick Henry Community College in Virginia, at Stonefield Cellars Winery in Stokesdale, NC, and is currently the winemaker for Stonefield Cellars Winery in Stokesdale, NC.

New Wines and Wines on the Horizon…


  • Blueberry: Made with 100% North Carolina Blueberries, this wine is a delicious semi-sweet treat for any occasion!
  • Vin De Narle’: Our scrumptious 16% alc. dessert wine with notes of cherry and chocolate! Best paired with a slice of dark chocolate.


  • We’ll be bottling our new Chardonnay, Sangiovese, and Midnight Moonlight wines late February for release in March / April!



Eggs and Wine?

Well, we don’t usually pair eggs with wine, but we do have FARM FRESH EGGS for sale* from our cage free hens that are pampered (they live in a chicken palace and have a nice outdoor run) on the winery property.

$3.50 a dozen – eggs come in a variety of colors (white, beige, brown, dark brown, and the occasional blue/green!).  

So when you think “BUY LOCAL”, come to us for wine and eggs!

*During the winter months our hens lay less eggs as the days get shorter and more of their energy goes to keeping themselves warm! If you are interested in our farm fresh eggs please call ahead to see if we have any available.