*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

The Winemaking Process: From the Vine to the Glass

The first class will focus on the vineyard: What makes a good vineyard and how to grow quality fruit. The second class will deal with harvest and fermentation. The third class will focus on "elevage": Fermentation is complete, now what?  The last class will be at the vineyard with a walk around and a "show and tell" in the winery regarding process and equipment. A wine tasting will be included. Please dress warmly and wear walking shoes. Note: This course does not meet on Thursday, November 22 or 29.

Instructor Bio:

John Kiers has been growing winegrapes since the late 1990's after purchasing a farm in the Shenandoah Valley for the express purpose of cultivating grapes. After growing fruit for wineries around Charlottesville for a number of years, he built the Oxe Eye Winery in 2009/10.

Required Reading:

I will have handouts, so bring something to write with.

Recommended Reading:

Cox, Jeff. From Vines to Wines, 2015. Iverson, Jon. Home Winemaking Step by Step: A Guide to Fermenting Wine Grapes, 2009. Margalit, Yair. Winery Technology & Operations: A Handbook for Small Wineries, 1990.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B606 John Kiers Nov 1, 8, 15, Dec 6 Th 3:00-4:30 p.m. Ox Eye Vineyards Tasting Room A

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