Meerendal Wine Academy
Meerendal Wine Academy offers volunteers the opportunity to experience all aspects of wine making from the vineyard to the cellar, official wine tasting courses and working on a top class wine estate.
Only 20 minutes from Cape Town, it is the perfect location to learn about wine, live on a historic wine estate and enjoy excursions to Table Mountain and visit the white sandy beaches of Cape Town.
Enjoy the annual harvest with Cellar Master Liza Goodwin and Cape Wine Master Bennie Howard and share their passion on a journey through the romantic world of wine, make your own wine and receive your personal bottle one year later.
Practical concepts in the wine production process include early morning picking of grapes in the vineyards and transporting them to the cellar. Berry selection and crushing, prepping for fermentation, manual punch downs and daily monitoring of the fermentation process are done in the cellar. Basic laboratory work, wine tastings and Sommelier training forms part of the practical experience.
Wine making techniques are further enhanced with lectures in “South African Wine” and “Wines of the World” wine tasting courses.
The program takes two weeks. You can choose between the following options:
Course 1: February 13th to February 24th 2017
Course 2: February 27th to March 10th 2017
If you wish to stay longer, please contact email@example.com
- Course 1€1450
- Course 2€1450
Each morning during breakfast volunteers will meet to discuss the day’s responsibilities and activities. From here participants will be split into groups, each having different daily tasks in either the vineyard or cellar. After lunch at Carlucci’s Deli, volunteers will attend wine tasting lectures presented by Meerendal Cape Wine Master Bennie Howard. Daily progress updates and debriefings commence during dinner. Evenings normally offer volunteers time to relax.
Wine Academy Certificate
On successful completion of the course, volunteers will be rewarded with the Cape Wine Academy Certificates and Meerendal Wine Academy Certificate. The Cape Wine Academy (www.capewineacademy.co.za) is recognised as the official wine education and training institution in South Africa.
- Sterilization of picking shears and picking baskets
- Sampling of sugar levels in the vineyards to pick at optimum ripeness
- Picking and transporting of grapes to the Cellar
- Early morning prepping of the cellar
- Receiving grapes from Vineyards
- Berry selection of red grapes
- Mechanical crushing of berries and prepping of crushed berries for the fermentation process
- Adding of yeast to start the fermentation process
- Manual Punch down of grapes in open fermenters
- Daily monitoring of fermentation process, including checking temperature and sugar levels
- Pressing after fermentation is finished
- Assist with transferring wine between tanks and barrels
- Top up of barrels
- Daily sanitization of tanks and cellar equipment
- Basic Laboratory work including sugar, pH, acidity and sulphur readings
During the week, volunteers will have lectures in the afternoon, each lasting approximately three hours.
1. ‘The South African Wine Course’:
This Wine Course is an introduction to South African wine, wine origins and how to identify and compare wines through taste, sight and smell. It is a fun and informative course designed to enhance your appreciation of wine by equipping you with the basic skills in identifying and appreciating South African wines.
During the course of the lectures, students will learn about grape varieties, how to taste and what to look for in a wine and the art of blending of wines. How to store and serve wine will also be covered. The lectures will include more on how to grow vines, harvesting of quality wine and wine making practices.
All lectures include practical wine tastings.
A theory examination of 60 minutes completes the course.
2. ‘The Wines of the World Course’:
This course is an introduction to the major wine growing regions around the world, tasting and comparing international and South African wines at every class.
It is like a journey through the world of wine. Starting with the classic wines of France – from Bordeaux to Burgundy, the Loire, the Rhone, Champagne and Alsace. Following on with wines from Germany, Italy & Spain (including Sherry) and Portugal (including Port). The course ends with the New World Wines from California, Chile, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. All lectures include tastings of wines from these countries.
The exam will take 90 minutes.
The program also offers volunteers free time. Walking, running and mountain biking trails are available on the estate.
Excursions included in the Program
Visits to some of the most beautiful attractions and scenery Cape Town has to offer form part of the leisure- and cultural experience. Table Mountain with its stunning views of the city and striking sunsets is a must to see.
An excursion to one of the beautiful beaches near Cape Town and a trip to the Waterfront for shopping rounds off the South African experience.
*Please fill-out the application form, print it out, sign it and then email it to us.