Your wine. Our passion.
Experience the joy of making your very own award-winning wine.
At The School of Wine at Kennedy Cellars, you are the winemaker. You will learn how to make wine in a hands-on interactive setting. Our state of the art winemaking facility has the latest winemaking equipment and our staff will guide you in the steps to produce quality, award winning wine.
How do you choose what type of wine to make? Contact us and one of our winemakers will walk you through your options and offer recommendations.
How it works.
Once you decide what varietal of wine you want to make the winemaking process is divided into four sessions. Each session takes approximately one to two hours.
Session 1: Crushing
Grapes are crushed and destemmed. If you are making a white wine you will also press. If making a red wine the skins are left in contact with the juice.
Session 2: Pressing
The primary fermentation stage in winemaking usually takes around one to two weeks. During this time, yeast will transform the majority of the sugars in the grape juice to ethanol, which is alcohol. After primary fermentation you will press your grapes and transfer it to your barrel or stainless steel tank.
Session 3: Racking
You will join us on one of our open racking days to observe this process and sample your wine to taste its progression. Wine is transferred from the barrel or tank into another vessel and separated from the lees (sediment). The barrel or tank is cleaned and then the wine is transferred back.
Session 4: Bottling
The last class occurs 9 months after pressing. This is when you get to bottle, cork, cap, and take home your wine! One barrel of wine (200 liters) yields 240 bottles of wine (750 ml).