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 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.

Fall 2017 Course Dates & Times: 

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

September 25th: Introduction – Basics of fermentation and winemaking.

October 9th: Principles of Winemaking – Racking, barrels, oak alternatives, tannins. Wines of the world.

October 16th: Wine sensory evaluation. Food and wine pairing.

October 30th: Defects and Problems: Causes and remedies, fining agents, additives, filtering.

November 6th: Blending, tasting panel, and bottling preparations.

November 20th 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 – To Register Online CLICK HERE 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.