Garagiste Winemaking Short Course

Wessel du Toit
TIME:    18:00
COST:    4400
VENUE:    JH Neethling building, Victoria street, Stellenbosch

The Garagiste Winemaking Course of Stellenbosch University has established itself over the past twelve years as the premium winemaking short course for people interested in producing quality small-scale wines in the comfort of their homes.


Those attending the course will have the opportunity to observe the usage of small-scale winemaking equipment, as well as taste wines that were produced on small scale. Course participants will also taste wines made with different wine treatments and receive a comprehensive set of notes.
Different winemaking processes, such as different grape cultivars, ripeness and quality parameters of grapes, processing of grapes, alcoholic fermentation, malolactic fermentation, racking of wine, fining and ageing of wine and bottling of wine will all be dealt with in the course, with the focus on garagiste volume production. At the end of the course participants will be able to produce wine at home on small scale.

Course content

  • Different grape cultivars and characteristics
  • Ripeness and quality parameters of grapes and harvesting of grapes
  • Crushing, de-stemming, pressing and juice treatments
  • Alcoholic fermentation
  • Skin contact in red wine and different colour extraction methods
  • Malolactic fermentation
  • Racking of wine
  • Fining of wine
  • Ageing of wine in oak barrels and alternative oak products
  • Stabilisation and filtration of wine
  • Sparkling wine, semi- sweet and noble late harvest wine production garagiste style
  • Port production garagiste style
  • Bottling of wine
  • Additives that can be added to wine
  • Problems that can arise in small-scale winemaking and how to solve them
  • Wine tests that can be done at home
  • Equipment used in small-scale winemaking
  • Suppliers of small-scale winemaking equipment

Approximate times

  • Friday: 18:00 – 21:30
  • Saturday: 08:30 – 16:00
    & evening function 
    (not compulsory)
  • Sunday: 08:30 – 14:00

The cost of the course includes:

  • Comprehensive set of notes
    (either English or Afrikaans)
  • List of companies selling small-scale winemaking equipment
  • Certificate: NQF level 6
  • Bottle of wine that the attendee has bottled
  • Refreshments during the course
  • Semi-formal dinner with a cheese & wine tasting on Saturday night
  • All wine tastings

Contact prof Wessel du Toit at to register and for more information.