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Winemaking 101 - Learn the Basics

Updated: Oct 28, 2018

by Jeff Floyd, Midland County Extension Agent and Debbie Roland, Master Gardener

Have you wondered what it would be like to make your own wine? Are you looking for a new hobby? Winemaking is fairly simple and requires very little equipment.

Basic Winemaking Class

Dr. Justin Scheiner, Assistant Professor of Viticulture at Texas A&M University, and Extension Specialist, Texas AgriLife Extension, will be teaching basic winemaking on October 4 from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Midland County AgriLife Extension Office. Cost is $35.00 per person, which will include handouts, a wine jug and the beginnings of your own wine.

Local grapes will be used and the class will teach techniques to start or improve your home winemaking, including materials required to begin, how to begin, crushing techniques, fermentation and bottling. You’ll pay $35.00 (cash or check only please) at the door to learn all of the basics of winemaking using grapes, grape juice concentrate or store-bought fruit of almost any variety.

Reservations are required for this class. Please call the Midland County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office at (432) 686-4700 to reserve your spot. Again, we will only be able to accept cash or check at the door on October 4. The address for the class is 2445 East Highway 80 in Midland.

To find out more or become a Texas Master Gardener in 2019, contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Midland at 432.686.4700, in Odessa at 432.498.4071 or email


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