Successful Home Winemaking


UC Davis is widely known as a leader in viticulture and enology education–so why not learn from the best? Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just curious about the science of winemaking, this course is an ideal opportunity to take your curiosity to the next level. Through informative lectures and hands-on exercises, you’ll learn about how different wines are made and properly stored. Those who are new to wine production as well as those with experience who want to enhance their knowledge and techniques will benefit. By the end of the class, you’ll be well-versed in all phases of home wine production, fermentation theory, and the sanitation procedures and equipment necessary for small-scale wine production.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the steps and processes of home wine production
  • Discover the basics of fermentation theory, yeasts and starter cultures
  • Learn to differentiate white and red wine production and common problems in the process
  • Gain an overview of the proper equipment, cleaning agents and sanitation practices in home wine production.

Skills You Will Gain

  • Home winemaking
  • Wine sanitation
  • Fermentation theory
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 instructor. Pre-recorded lectures and live sessions are accessed via our Canvas learning system and Zoom. 

 A recording of this course will be available for a limited time for those who are unable to attend the live session. By enrolling in the course you agree to being recorded for the purposes of instruction

The class will be held in real time May 19 - 20, 2021 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PST each day

Refund Deadline: May 12, 2021


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. Click here to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.