Winemaking Courses

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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 9 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.

Course Dates & Times: 

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

1st Class: Introduction – Basics of fermentation and winemaking.

2nd Class: Principles of Winemaking – Racking, barrels, oak alternatives, tannins. Wines of the world.

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

4th Class: Defects and Problems: Causes and remedies, fining agents, additives, filtering.

5th Class: Blending, tasting panel, and bottling preparations.

6th Class: 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 -Registration for the Fall 2017 Winemaking Course has ended, but to be placed on the waiting list for the Spring 2018 Winemaking Course please email Sarah at  sswurz@stonefieldcellars.com. To Register Online or to Register Over the Phone, call Sarah at 336-644-9908 during regular business hours. You can also Email Sarah at sswurz@stonefieldcellars.com with any additional questions.

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.