Garagiste Winemaking Course: small-scale winemaking
10 July 2012 by Department of Viticulture and Oenology, University
The Garagiste winemaking course of the Department of Viticulture and
Oenology, University of Stellenbosch, has established itself over the
past six years as the premium winemaking short course for people
interested in producing quality small-scale wines in the comfort of
In small-scale winemaking, wine is normally produced from 20 kg to a tonne or two of grapes. Those wishing to attend the course will have the opportunity to observe the use of small-scale winemaking equipment, as well as taste a large number of wines that were produced on small scale.
The course has been updated with new activities. Attendees will receive a bottle of wine that they have bottled. On the Saturday night a semi-formal dinner will also be held where a lecture on small scale cheese production will be given with a wine and cheese tasting.
The course focuses on all production aspects of small-scale winemaking:
The course will be presented by Dr Wessel du Toit, senior lecturer in Oenology (Wine science) at the Department of Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Stellenbosch. Partakers will also receive a comprehensive set of notes and a list of companies selling small-scale winemaking equipment. The course will be presented in English, but partakers can receive either English or Afrikaans notes. Upon completion of the course, each partaker will also receive a certificate.
Different grape cultivars and characteristics
Ripeness and quality parameters of grapes
Harvesting of the grapes
Crushing, de-stemming, pressing and juice treatments
Skin contact in red wine and different colour extraction methods
Racking of wine
Fining of wine
Ageing of wine in oak barrels
Alternative oak products
Stabilisation of wine
Filtration of wine
Sparkling wine, semi- sweet and noble late harvest wine production garagiste style
Port production garagiste style
Bottling of wine
Additives that can be added to wine
Problems that can arise in small-scale winemaking and how to solve them
Wine tests that can be done at home
Equipment used in small-scale winemaking
Suppliers of small-scale winemaking equipment
Dates: 10, 11 and 12 August 2012
Venue: Campus of Stellenbosch University (details to be announced at a later stage)
Duration: 18 hours (Friday night, full Saturday and half of Sunday)
Cost: R2 900 per person (including notes, certificate, refreshments, dinner and cheese tasting on Saturday night and all wine tastings)
Those interested can click . For further information please contact Wessel du Toit on email: here for a registration form .
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