Laboratory Training Program Details
On a Laboratory Training Program, exchange visitors will have the chance to learn how to collect and analyze vineyard samples to determine the ripeness and assess the quality of the vineyard grapes. CAEP Laboratory Training Programs may include participation in monitoring primary fermentation and the sampling of barrels and tanks, as well as lab cleaning, proper pipetting, proper measurement, sample de-gassing, and general sample preparation! Be prepared, during the Program you can expect continuous analysis and data entry and to prepare samples for analysis. You will also be expected to help maintain the laboratory and its equipment.
During the late harvest, Exchange Visitor’s on the program may focus on new enzymatic procedures and Learning how to examine wine for the presence of spoilage yeast and bacteria. Many on the laboratory Training Program will also conduct fining trials and participate in some tasting evaluations.
This program can include:
- Juice to wine analysis
- Data interpretation
- Data entry
- Wine microorganisms
Mid-August through mid-December to coincide with crush time (depending on location).
Some of the skills learned on this program may include:
- Identify and perform sampling procedures
- Identify and perform juice and wine analysis procedures
- Identify and perform nutrient additions and yeast inoculations
- Understand and monitor bottling line and cork quality assurance
- Sample and analyze aging wine
- Understand and interpret calculations
*Actual skills learned will vary by placement and previous experience