NGGW is now teaming with the Nevada Vineyard Academy.  Joe Bernardo’s Nevada Wine Academy is now in its 5th year of existence.  He offers a one year class on basic grape growing and winemaking.    The school teaches a 101 class from the basics of growing grapes to making the wine.  Participants manage a small portion of a vineyard and reap most of the benefits (wine).  The classes start with the ground and then to the vine, and then from vine to bottle.  All are welcome who are interested in growing their own grapes or making wine, so check it out.    A fee is charged to cover class materials, tastings, snacks, and lunches when there is a long day.  Students need to buy the book VINES to WINES by Jeff Cox.

 

Contact Joe Bernardo

775-750-1801 or 775-345-7556

43 Mule Deer Court, Reno NV 89523

joebernardo65@yahoo.com

Online Application

2021 Class Schedule

Enrollment ends March 20, 2021

Classes normal start at 1PM and continue for 3 hours until 4PM, on harvest days and extreme weather days the class will start at 10AM and run until 1PM, with lunch served.

1st. class March 20th
Introductions of students and ground rules for class.Cover overview of wine growing and wine making as well as tasting.
Reading Assignment;  VINES to WINES, Foreword by Tim Monday, preface, and pages 1 to 9.

 

2nd.Class April 17th.
Vine growth, bud- break,   winery supplies and winery cleanliness. wine tasting.
Wine Tasting
Reading Assignment;  VINES to WINES, part one pages 10 through 35

 

3rd. Class May 15th.
Spring tune up planting, pruning, watering and bud-break. 1st. wine pairing.
Wine Tasting
Reading Assignment;  VINES to WINES, part two 35 through 49

 

4th. Class June 19th.
Weeding ,suckering and final pruning and wine pairing.
Wine Tasting
Reading Assignment;  VINES to WINES, part two 50 through 75

 

5th. Class July 17th.
Leaf pull, berry drop and touch up pruning,
Blind tasting
Reading Assignment;  VINES to WINES, part two 76 through 101

 

6th. Class August 21st.
Tying Vines, netting ,test BRIX, sugars, TA, compare aged to new wines.
Wine Tasting
Reading Assignment;  VINES to WINES, part two 102 through 109

 

7th. Class September18th.
Testing BRIX & TA,  Discuss Harvest decisions, Our harvest  – where and when?
Wine Tasting compare different wines.
Reading Assignment;  VINES to WINES, part three 110 through 118

 

8th. Class October 16th.
Harvest grapes as ready, crush/de-stemming , Begin primary fermentation. Punch Down, testing PH and SO2.
Wine Tasting
Reading Assignment;  VINES to WINES, part three 119 though 146

 

9th. Class  November 20.
From book, test wine, test Acid, PH, and so2. SO2 Decisions , Malo and Oak Decisions  or any other additive.
Bottle last year wines.
Reading Assignment;  VINES to WINES, part three 147 through 174

 

10th. Class December 18th.
Rack wine taste for Oak, Acid, Tannin, Make Labels take wine home.taste all wines made this year.
Wine Tasting
Reading Assignment;  VINES to WINES,part three 175 through 217

 

11th Class January 15th.
Review, Test,  and Evaluation of class
Theme luncheon of class choice, wine pairing by students.

 

All students who attend every class will get a certificate of completion of basic wine course.