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Weekend ‘Wine Camps’

Successful completion of the Enology Certificate includes attendance at three weekend ‘Wine Camps’ held at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center in Richland, WA. These weekends are considered by many of the students as one of their favorite parts of the program. While there are some hands-on activities at the camps, time will also be spent observing and listening to instructors and winemakers. Unfortunately, due to the time required to actually make wine, it is not possible to make wine during camps, though you will see several stages of the process.

What Happens at Wine Camp

Participants will learn and practice techniques and skills in areas of wine chemistry, microbiology, processing, filtration, sensory, regulations, and more!Participants will also tour wineries to view equipment and interact with winery owners and winemakers to discover their insights for success.

Some of the many winemakers who generously share their time and expertise with the participants:

  • Pacific Rim Winery – Scott Kopf
  • Chinook Winery – Kay & Clay Simon
  • Daven Lore Winery – Gordon Taylor
  • Hedges Family Estate – Pete Hedges
  • Hightower Winery – Tim and Kelly Hightower
  • Kiona Winery – Scott Williams
  • Merry Cellars – Patrick Merry
  • Maison Bleu Winery – Jon Martinez
  • Thurston Wolfe Winery – Wade Wolfe
  • Goedhart Family Winery – Brent Goedhart & Sarah Hedges