Learn winemaking by watching UC Davis instructors and speakers produce wine during real-time demonstrations and videos. This course is designed to give novice home and small-scale winemakers experience before the varietal harvest in September and October. Emphasis is on the actual process and complemented with basic technical aspects of winemaking. Students will view instructors and speakers working with incoming fruit, crush red and white grapes, as well as pressing juice using traditional and non-traditional methods. In addition, cap management, yeast and malolactic inoculation, racking, filtration and bottling will be explored. This class will be held virtually at the UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science Winery.

For students looking for an overview of theory, we recommend Successful Home Winemaking.

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Instruction Method
Online class

Section Notes

This is an online, remote-learning course, which consists of content and curriculum that is taught with pre-recorded and real-time lectures, in addition to a real-time Q&A session with the instructor. Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom. 

The class will be held in real time August 13 - 14, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. PST

Details regarding login information will be emailed out prior to the course start date.



Enrollment Policies

Drop requests (withdraw with a refund) will be approved, less a $30 processing fee, if the request is received seven calendar days before the course begins. View complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.


Recommended: It is recommended that students take Successful Home Winemaking for an introductory overview.

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in this online course, please review our online resources page.