Winemaking Certificate

Winemaking Certificate

This new online program will be offered beginning Spring 2018; the curriculum provides a thorough understanding of the winemaking process—the grape growing, the chemistry, the equipment used, the actual winemaking process and final wine product, and bottling/packaging, will be thoroughly reviewed.

Students will watch the course videos at self-determined times; additionally, students will be able to participate in live instructor interface on predetermined dates. Please note that several of the courses—Sensory Evaluation, Wine Equipment, and Wine Chemistry—require mandatory class meeting attendance for either a weekend or Saturday at a participating winery.  Students must be 21 years of age to participate in the Wine Sensory tasting weekend.

Pennsylvania currently has 250 wineries across the state and increasing all the time.  Our varied soils and climates produce a wonderful variety of grapes resulting in great regional wine specialties.  While students will not be making wine in this program, they will benefit from gaining a better understanding of the winemaking process. This program is ideal for those already producing wine as a hobbyist and wanting to take their abilities to the next level, or for individuals working in the wine industry wanting to hone their skills and deepen their knowledge.

Courses Offered

  • Introduction to Wine Production
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Harvest Winery Equipment
  • Fermentation
  • Wine Chemistry
  • Fining, Filtration & Bottling
  • Winery Regulations
  • Winery Sanitation
  • Juice and Wine Handling Equipment


Courses will be offered in a seven-week format; most courses are 21 hours in length.  Several courses will be offered concurrently in the Fall and Spring semesters.  Motivated students could complete the program in a year, or courses can be taken a la carte as desired.


The cost of each course is $750.  Weekend activities will be at the attendee’s expense and the Wine Sensory and the Chemistry sessions will be assessed an additional $50 lab fee. 

For students intending to complete the certificate, you will receive a 10% discount on tuition which will be applied on the 9th course; instead of paying $750, you will be charged $75.