A little education can turn a casual hobby into a truly rewarding one. We offer a variety of entertaining and interactive classes to help enhance your winemaking experience. We set dates for our popular classes from time to time throughout the year – you can see upcoming dates listed in red below. You can elect to recieve our email updates to receive prompt notice for future classes, or check the class schedule on our website and reserve your spot online. Here are some of the winemaking classes we offer:
Introduction to Winemaking from Grapes
Montgomeryville: Sunday, September 18, 1:00pm
Bethlehem: Sunday, September 25, 1:00pm
We start with the basics, but we cover a lot of ground in this supercharged intro class! You’ll learn about best practices in modern winemaking, equipment, grape selection, and sanitation…plus analysis and adjustment of sugar acid, pH, and sulfites in your must and wine. (Wine anaylsis used to be covered in a separate class, but now we’ve combined them to create the ultimate class for amateur winemakers.) $95 per person.
Wine and Cheese Combo Class
Montgomeryville: Friday, October 14, 6:00pm
Our friends from Stone & Key Cellars will give you a live demonstration of mozzarella making, and will guide you through a hands-on personal winemaking session using one of our easy 1-gallon wine kits. While that’s all happening, you’ll be served an array of homemade goodies from our cheesemaker and a flight of wine from Stone & Key Cellars. At the end of the class, you’ll go home with a satisfied palate, a gallon of fermenting wine (six varietals to choose from), and all the equipment and knowhow you’ll need to recreate this magical evening over and over again! It’s all included in the price…$150 per person. For just $25 more, you can bring a friend.
Making Great Wine from Kits
No dates scheduled at this time. Check out our Wine & Cheese Combo class!
Learn how fun and easy making wine can be! We offer a huge selection of wine kits featuring wine styles from all over the world. You can get the fermentation started in less time than it would take you to drive to the liquor store, and you can bottle your finished wine in as little as 4 weeks. In this class we show step-by-step how to turn these kits into wine that you will be proud to share with your family and friends.
The Instructors (our “Wine Guys”)
Joe Maglaty – As Stone & Key Cellars’ Wine Analyst, Joe holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Colorado State University. He has been making wine, testing wines, and drinking wines for over 15 years and has also received awards for several of his wines.
Matt Check – As the winery’s Event Coordinator, Matt teaches wine appreciation classes, coordinates personal and group winemaking experiences for customers, and organizes on and off-site events. You’ll often find him behind the tasting bar, where he can do what he loves best – share his passion with other wine enthusiasts.
Our very knowledgeable staff at Keystone Homebrew Supply is always eager to help guide you and answer any questions you may have. However, the best way to learn either fundamental or advanced winemaking techniques is to sign up for the superb winemaking classes taught by a professional winemaker from Stone & Key Cellars. The classes occasionally sell out, so be sure to sign up early!