Winemaking Certificate

Winemaking Certificate

This new online certificate program provides a thorough understanding of the wine making process-the grape growing, chemistry, equipment used, the actual winemaking process, bottling/packaging and final wine product 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.

Format

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

Tuition

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.

A discount will be extended to multiple registrations generated from the same household or company. Additionally, students intending to complete the 9 courses required to earn the certificate will receive a 10% discount on tuition to be applied on the 9th course; instead of paying $750, you will be charged $75. Please contact Elaine Berish at 610-396-6230 or emb1@psu.edu for more information on registering with these discounts.

Courses Offered - Fall 2018

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Fining, Filtration & Bottling
Dates: August 27 - October 12, 2018
Cost: $750
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Harvest Winery Equipment
Dates: September 17 - September 29, 2018*
*Required Saturday Meetings for SE Pennsylvania:
September 22, 2018 from 9 am to 5 pm
*Required Saturday Meeting for NW Pennsylvania:
September 29, 2018 from 9 am to 5 pm
Cost: $750
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Winery Sanitation
Dates: October 29 - December 14, 2018
Cost: $750
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Winery Regulations
Dates: October 29 - December 14, 2018
Cost: $750
Click for online registration in Winery Regulations

Courses Offered - Spring 2019

(Registration will open in October, 2018)

Sensory Evaluation
Cost: $800 (tuition + lab fee)

Introduction to Wine Production
Cost: $750

Wine Chemistry
Cost: $800 (tuition + lab fee)

Fermentation
Cost: $750

Wine Juice and Handling Equipment
Cost: $750
Choose from 2 winery locations in either NW or SE Pennsylvania

Courses Offered - Fall 2019

Wine Chemistry
Cost: $800 (tuition + lab fee)

QUESTIONS? Please contact Elaine Berish at 610-396-6230 or emb1@psu.edu