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.

Course Dates & Times are usually announced 2 months before the first class: 

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

  • Class 1: Introduction – Basics of fermentation and winemaking
  • Class 2: Principles of Winemaking – Racking, oak, tannins, and wines of the world
  • Class 3: Wine sensory evaluation. Food and wine pairing
  • Class 4: Defects and Problems: Causes and remedies, fining agents, additives, filtering
  • Class 5: Blending, tasting panel, bottling preparations
  • Class 6: 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 be added to the Registration Wait-list for the next class please Email Sarah at or Call 336-644-9908 during business hours.

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.