Step-by-Step Winemaking

Learn winemaking by actually producing wine at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science Winery. This hands-on class 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, rather than on the theory of winemaking. Students will work with incoming fruit, crush red and white grapes, and press juice using traditional and nontraditional methods. In addition, cap management, yeast and malolactic inoculation, racking, filtration and bottling will be explored. 

Lab space limits the class size; early enrollment is encouraged. 

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Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science

392 Old Davis Rd, Davis, CA, 95616

Section Notes

You must be 21 years of age or older to enroll and attend.

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.


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