Cornell University Viticulture and Enology Experience (CUVEE)

Cornell School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

How long?

  • 6 days
  • in person

What are the topics?

Cornell School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Who should attend

This program is designed for:

  • wine enthusiasts,
  • individuals interested in growing grapes to produce wine for pleasure or for commercial purposes,
  • anyone contemplating purchasing, investing in, or opening a winery,
  • wine merchants,
  • restaurateurs, chefs, and sommeliers; and
  • anyone with a keen interest in understanding the "nuts and bolts" of growing grapes and making wine.

About the course

Increase your wine knowledge & practice working vines & making wine

Pairing acclaimed faculty members from Cornell's Viticulture and Enology Program with leading winery owners, vineyard managers, grape growers, and winemakers, CUVEE offers a hands-on introduction to growing grapes and making and analyzing wine.

With the beautiful Finger Lakes wine region as your classroom, you'll increase your wine appreciation and knowledge while also learning about

  • Key agricultural components of growing grapes
  • The importance of microbiology in wine making
  • Scientific principles behind viticulture and enology
  • The business aspects of owning or investing in a winery

Along the way you'll savor and evaluate wines during specially designed tastings, enjoy a winemaker's dinner at a winery and explore vibrant Finger Lakes vineyards.

Highlights

  • Learn methods for growing wine grapes.
  • Investigate the effects of climate and soils on grapes and wine.
  • Study wine microbiology and fermentation basics.
  • Visit top growers to observe vineyard practices.
  • Practice working vines and making wine.
  • Develop your own special wine blend.
  • Gain an insider's view of the winemaking business.
  • Practice techniques for the sensory analysis of wine

What you'll learn

While focusing on procedures used in smaller vineyards and wineries, you'll delve into three main areas:

Viticulture

  • Learn in detail about grapes and how they grow.
  • Visit top growers to observe vineyard practices.
  • Gain hands-on experience practicing key grape-growing techniques in real vineyards.
  • Taste wines that demonstrate the effects of vineyard practices on wine quality.
  • Enjoy a winemaker's dinner at a winery.
  • Study the effects of climate and terroir on grape and wine flavors.

Enology

  • Train for and practice the sensory evaluation of wines, identifying positive and negative attributes and learning how these flavors develop in wines.
  • Investigate the general steps in the winemaking process and deepen this knowledge through discussions with Finger Lakes winemakers.
  • Learn about the importance of microbiology to winemaking.
  • Practice yeast and bacteria inoculation techniques to start fermentations.
  • Experience the flavor perception effects of interactions between foods and wines.
  • Practice blending wines to create the best possible final product.
  • Evaluate wines chosen to demonstrate outcomes of scientific enology principles discussed in lectures.

Business

Attend a luncheon business seminar on starting a wine business. Speakers will include a Cornell economics faculty member and winery owners, and there will be ample time for questions.

Experts

Kathleen Arnink

Wine microbiology researcher and undergraduate educator, Viticulture and Enology Program, Cornell University Kathleen Arnink is an experienced wine microbiology researcher and undergraduate educator. She teaches in the Viticulture and Enology Program in Cornell University's Department of Food Sc...

Alan Lakso

Professor emeritus, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University Dr. Alan N. Lakso brings more than 45 years' experience in grape research and teaching to CUVEE. He earned a PhD in plant physiology in the Viticulture and Enology Department at the University of California, D...

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