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Wine Filtration Short Course

Build a strong foundation for solving filtration problems and choosing filtration systems for particular applications by combining theory of filtration with lab exercises and manufacturer demonstrations. Designed for members of the wine industry, this intensive program emphasizes group participation in lab-scale filtrations to apply concepts learned in lectures. 

Lecture topics include an overview of filtration systems, determining filtration efficiency, diatomaceous earth (DE) filtration, crossflow filtration and finding agents for clarification prior to filtration. Labs include sessions on prefiltration treatments and effects on filterability, microbiological detection, flow rates through variously sized membranes, determining pump characteristics and pressure/flow relationships, and plotting silting efficiency data. Demonstrations include DE systems, membrane filtration systems, sterile pad filtrations and a crossflow system. 

This class fills quickly. Early enrollment is encouraged. 


Charles Brenneman is the winemaker for the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology and manager of the teaching winery and department wine cellar. He earned a fermentation science degree from UC Davis. Brenneman has worked in the cellars or production labs of Amador Foothill, Terre Rouge and Woodbridge wineries for several years. 


Mon., 8:30am to 5:30pm, Mar 26
Tue., 8:30am to 3:00pm, Mar 27


Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science 392 Old Davis Rd, Davis CA 95616

Section Notes

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


$475.00 Includes course materials and two lunches.

Special Discounts

Capitol Corridor Rider:

Capitol Corridor riders are eligible for a one-time $100 discount on a UC Davis Extension course (some exceptions apply). The Discount Code is available on the UC Davis Extension course page on the Capitol Corridor’s onboard Wifi system.

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 or visit to view complete enrollment policy information including details on withdrawals and transfers.

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