Thursday, May 28, 2020 WineMaker Conference Boot Camps

Sessions will run pre-conference Thursday, May 16 and select sessions will be available post-conference Sunday, May 19.  Each Boot Camp is  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes lunch. Attendance is limited to just 35 attendees per session and do sell out. This add-on boot camp beyond the conference registration is a great opportunity to get an in-depth learning experience in a small audience setting and learn hands-on from experts.

NEW – Advanced Winemaking from Grapes
With Alex Russan $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees

WineMaker Magazine’s “Advanced Winemaking” Columnist and professional winemaker Alex Russan will go beyond the basics to explore more complex  techniques to get the most from your winemaking using fresh grapes. This workshop intended for intermediate to expert home winemakers will tackle a range of tips: From dialing in extraction levels on the front end all the way to protecting your wine with advanced steps through bottling. REGISTER HERE


Winemaking from Grapes          
With Bob Peak $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees

Join WineMaker’s Technical Editor Bob Peak and he takes you through all the steps of making wines from grapes including crushing and fermenting all the way to bottling. Learn how to work with fresh grapes and operate the different pieces of equipment and the tests you’ll have to run on your wine. This is a great opportunity to learn more about winemaking beginning to end so your experience back home will be more successful. Don’t miss this opportunity to attend one of our most popular workshops. REGISTER HERE

Home Cheesemaking       
With Pamela Zorn  $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees

You make your own wine so now it’s time to learn how to make your own cheese to pair with it! Pamela Zorn has been teaching people how to make their own cheese for years from her Colorado shop Wine and Whey. You’ll learn hands-on to craft soft cheeses as well as be introduced to the world of making your own hard cheese plus understand the keys to making great cheese form a variety of different kinds of milk. Get ready to roll up your sleeves with this full-day introduction to the fun world of home cheesemaking. Match this class up with Sunday’s Advanced Home Cheesemaking Boot Camp for two full days of hands-on cheesemaking learning. REGISTER HERE

Backyard Grape Growing
With Wes Hagen  $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees

Former professional Vineyard Manager and WineMaker’s “Backyard Vines” Columnist Wes Hagen will lead you through all the steps a small-scale grape grower needs to know: Site selection, vine choice, planting, trellising, pruning, watering, pest control, harvest decisions plus more strategies to successfully grow your own great wine grapes. REGISTER HERE


Home Wine Lab Tests
With Chik Brenneman $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees

It is very difficult to make great wine if you don’t know how to properly and accurately test your wine. Chik Brenneman of University of California-Davis will take you step-by-step teaching you how to properly test your wine for sulfites, malolactic, acidity, and pH. You’ll have the chance to run these different tests yourself to give you a valuable hands-on learning experience so you can accurately run these tests on your own wine at home. REGISTER HERE


With Jason Phelps $225 for attendees $275 for non-attendees

Hard cider is hot right now as popularity of this tasty beverage soars. Join professional cidermaker Jason Phelps of Ancient Fire Mead & Cider to learn all the steps you need to know to successfully craft your own hard cider, both still and carbonated, at home. Jason will have you roll up your sleeves and take you through the process of crushing, pressing, fermenting, all the way to bottling. You’ll learn how to choose apples and get to know cidermaking equipment and the tests you need to run on your cider. REGISTER HERE

Old Mission Peninsula WIneries Inside Tour /  Leelanau Peninsula Wineries Inside Tour
$200 for both attendees and non-attendees

This year with easy proximity to Traverse area AVA wine regions we are offering two different tour options on both Thursday and Sunday. Each will be a full day of behind-the-scenes tours and tastings. You’ll tour several wineries as you explore one of the peninsulas surrounded by Lake Michigan and have plenty of opportunities to ask their professional winemakers your winemaking and grape growing questions. You’ll be served lunch along the way and have tastings of award-winning wines. Transportation for this scenic and educational wine tour will be provided roundtrip from our conference hotel, The Grand Traverse Resort. So now you’ll have the opportunity to tour one peninsula before the conference and the other peninsula the day after the conference wraps up. REGISTER HERE