Presented by Sacramento Home Winemakers

2023 Winemaking 101

Learn the basics of making wine at home!  We’ll guide you through the essential steps, throw in a little chemistry, taste wines, and have lots of fun.  The 4-6 hour combination Zoom session and in-person workshop includes:

  • Steps for making white and red wines
  • Resources for getting supplies and chemicals
  • Safe use of winemaking equipment
  • Where to source wine grapes
  • Finding mentors and resources

Thursday, August 3, 2023 Zoom presentation of winemaking fundamentals, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Saturday, August 5, 2023 Hands-on workshop, morning time TBD based on heat index

Free to Sacramento Home Winemakers (SHW) members even if you have attended this class previously and want to attend again as a refresher. By becoming a member of SHW ($60) there is no additional charge for the Winemaking 101 (WM101) class. Otherwise, the cost to attend just the class is $30 per person.

Please register now – space is limited

If you have been wanting to learn to make wine or to brush up on your basic winemaking skills, SHW’s Winemaking 101 is for you. At Thursday’s Zoom session you will learn the fundamentals of home winemaking. Saturday’s session is a hands-on workshop held at a member’s home winery in Granite Bay.  Part lecture, part demonstration – learn the basic steps for making dry red and white wines and the use of winemaking equipment. You’ll acquire wine making terminology and hear about the resources you’ll need to get started – supplies, small equipment, grapes, mentors, chemistry basics, and more!  

The course prepares attendees to participate in the beginning winemakers group – a mentored group purchase and crush along with wine making guidance from crush through bottling.  The program offers equipment certification in order to rent club winemaking equipment.

The workshop concludes with a potluck (please bring something to share) and wine tasting where you’ll have time to mingle with experienced home winemakers.  Our hosts will conduct a tour of their home vineyard.

After you complete your registration, updates will be sent to you via email. Questions?  Contact WM101 Coordinator Joe McGillivray at 916-261-9438 or