Step by Step Winemaking Part 1


Gear up for this year’s autumnal varietal harvest by sharpening your winemaking skills. Designed for small-scale winemakers as well as novice home winemakers, this two-part series examines all practical aspects of the winemaking process. Learn tips and techniques by watching UC Davis instructors and presenters produce wine during real-time demonstrations and videos. The first part of this series will walk you through the main steps of winemaking: juice and yeast preparation, fermentation, filtration and aging. You will be given hands-on demonstrations that involve working with incoming fruit, crushing both red and white grapes as well as pressing juice using traditional and non-traditional methods. You will learn about the cleaning and sanitation process, must analysis, alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, fining agents and wine tasting.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a practical understanding of the winemaking process
  • Learn how to analyze and prepare juice/must
  • Understand the fermentation process and how to control it
  • Explore fining agents and filtration methods
  • Learn about aging process


Skills You’ll Gain

  • Must analysis and preparation
  • Wine fermentation
  • Wine filtration
Academic Units
Section Number
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 instructors. Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom. 

The course will be held on July 22, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PST

By enrolling in the course you agree to being recorded for the purposes of instruction.

Any course materials will be made available online through the UCD CPE Canvas platform. 

Details regarding login information will be emailed out 48 hours prior to the course start date.

Refund Deadline is July 15, 2021