Learn about Wine Making, Wine Tasting & More!

Learn to make wine from Vagabond Vintner right at the beautiful Norwich Inn in Vermont.; You’ll start by learning about the wine making process from an experienced hobby wine maker, instructor and consultant.  Then you’ll de-stem some fresh Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Chile and even stomp them if you wish. Once the grapes are crushed, you can relax and enjoy a glass of wine with some cheese and crackers all in a beautiful country setting…  The perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Date and Time

May 21, 2017

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Norwich Inn

325 Main Street

Norwich, VT



$20 per person including wine (must be 21 years or older)



The Essentials

Participants will learn from Kathy Maieli, proprietor of the Upper Valley's Vagabond Vintner about:

  • Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, the cluster size, grape skins and tannins in red wine
  • The quantity of grapes needed to make a specific quantity of wine
  • How to use a refractometer to measure the sugar content of grapes and how this measurement (brix) is related to the amount of potential alcohol in the wine
  • How to manually de stem grapes
  • How to stomp grapes to crush
  •  Wine making with must (from red grapes)
  • Fermentation with yeast
  • Color and tannins extracted from skins and seeds
  • Pressing juice from must
  •  Malolactic fermentation to convert malic acid to lactic acid
  • Aging process

After you have enjoy the wine tasting you can take a tour or just relax at the Inn with a glass of wine under a shady tree with some cheese and crackers for that little bite to eat.


     The Little Details

We will begin at 2:00 p.m. and learn about the wine making process.  Then, we will manually destem  some Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and stomp to crush them.

Vagabond Vintner will provide written materials and a coupon that may be used towards supplies and services for you to make wine at home.

You will be outside for some of this event, so please dress appropriately for the weather.

If you want to learn more about the Norwich Inn.   Click Here

If you want to learn more about Kathy Maieli from Vagabond Vintner.  Click Here

Once you register, you must receive a confirmation email to confirm your reservation. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact our office so that we can assist you.

Payment is due when signing up for the event. Cancellations received after Thursday, May 11th will not be eligible for a refund. Cancellations will be accepted via e-mail, and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline.

For more details on payment options for this event, click here.