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Wine Cellar Training Program

Wine Cellar Program Details

The Wine cellar training programs give individuals the opportunity to gain hands-on experience during the wine harvest. On the wine cellar program, you will gain hands-on experience working in the cellar and learn about the important techniques that go into creating a quality wine. Cellar programs can be physically demanding and involve heavy lifting and long hours during grape pressing, or "crush" time.

This program can include:

  • Vineyard sampling
  • Sanitizing tanks
  • Receiving grapes
  • Crushing/de-stemming
  • Juice racking
  • Red pump-over
  • Stirring barrels
  • Punch downs
  • Additions
  • Emptying red fermenters
  • Learning to drain and shovel out tanks
  • Pressing
  • Barreling juice
  • Topping barrels
  • Racking wine
  • Wine filtration
  • Lees filtration

Program Availability:

Mid-August through mid-December (depending on climate and location).


Some of the skills learned on this program may include:

  • Identify different styles of wine
  • Identify major factors affecting wine quality
  • Identify and understand microorganisms – beneficial and detrimental
  • Identify barrel types and understand effects on wine
  • Understand the functions of winery equipment
  • Understand the process of alcohol fermentation
  • Identify and perform wine filtration techniques
  • Identify and perform wine development and blending
  • Identify and carry out sanitation procedures
  • Identify and practice winery safety procedures - breathing apparatus, caustic products, and accident prevention

*Actual skills learned will vary by placement and previous experience.

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