22 January 2012 by Robyn Campbell

DIY winemaking course

If you’ve long fancied yourself as a winemaker then invest a few days in your passion.

If you’ve the motivation but not the moola (money) to purchase your own wine farm, then the Department of Viticulture and Oenology, University of Stellenbosch has the solution for you.

Such was the demand for information and practical experience in small-scale wine production that 6 years ago the department launched its own garagiste (originally Bordeaux winemakers who created wine in their garages) winemaking course.

The 3-day course is aimed at amateur winemakers looking to produce quality small-scale wines from home for their own consumption, or as boutique producers.

The small-scale winemaking course is mentored by Dr Wessel du Toit, senior lecturer in Oenology (wine science) at the Department of Viticulture and Oenology at the University.

The course covers all production aspects of garagiste winemaking and those attending the course will have the opportunity to observe the use of small-scale winemaking equipment, and taste a variety of wines that were produced on a small scale.

The 3-day course is aimed at amateur winemakers looking to produce quality small-scale wines from home for their own consumption

A gala dinner, cheese tasting, and of course, a bottle of your maiden vintage, are all part of the package. If you’ve long fancied yourself as a winemaker then invest a few days in your passion. Who knows, you could be wowing the likes of Jancis Robinson and Robert Parker in years to come…

Dates: 3, 4 and 5 February 2012
Venue: Campus of Stellenbosch University
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 contact Dr Du Toit via email at wdutoit@sun.ac.za for a registration form.

Category: Arts & Entertainment, Food & Wine

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