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, Table Mountain and nice sandy beaches, it is the perfect location to learn all about wine.
Enjoy the program with Cellar Master Liza Goodwin and Cape Wine Master Bennie Howard and share their passion on a journey through the romantic world of wine.
Beginning of August, in the dormant season, we have to prune our grape vines. This is physical demanding work and an important component of the grape production. The grapevines produce fruits on shoots growing from one-year-old canes. Therefore, healthy new canes must be produced every year to maintain annual production of fruit.
But you will not only help with the pruning. Basic cellar and laboratory work and wine tastings form all part of the practical experience. Wine making techniques are further enhanced with “South African Wine”- lectures.
Dates & Prices
29 July – 4 August 2018
The Meerendal Wine Academy will start on Sunday in the late afternoon and will be finished on Saturday morning.
Price: EUR 400.00
Accommodation to Meerendal Wine Academy students at reduced rates.
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Harvest 2019 – save the date!
Course 1: 10 – 16 February 2019
Course 2: 17 – 23 February 2019
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. Furthermore volunteers will attend wine tasting lectures presented by Meerendal Cape Wine Master Bennie Howard.
Wine Academy Certificate
On successful completion of the course, volunteers will be rewarded with the Cape Wine Academy Certificate 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 and general maintenance of pruning shears
- Pruning of vineyards – Liza and Meerendal staff will each work with an Academy member to ensure the correct procedures are followed
- Inspection of all wires and poles that need replacement and other general maintenancer
- Analysis on all wines earmarked for barrels
- Adjustments of PH, Acidity and Sulphurs before taking wine to barrels
- Prepping of barrels before filling
- Filling of barrels
- Topping up of filled barrels
- General hygiene in cellar
During the week, volunteers will have lectures in the afternoon, each lasting approximately three hours.
‘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.
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