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 10 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 Classes: 

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.
Additional Class Wine will be available for $13.95 per Bottle

Registration: Registration for the Spring 2018 Course has ended. Dates for the Fall 2018 Course will be released in August. If you have any questions about the course or would like to be placed on the advanced notice list for when the next class dates are released,  please contact Sarah at 336-644-9908 during regular business hours or by email at sswurz@stonefieldcellars.com.

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.