This series follows 12 men and women from all walks of life as they vie for a chance to create and launch their own wine label. Set in California's wine country, it takes viewers inside the making of one of the world's most storied beverages. The contestants plunge head-first into one of the most challenging yet rewarding (and often romanticized) professions to experience every aspect of wine making -from viticulture and enology to sales and marketing. A seasoned panel of top winemakers, educators, columnists and culinary celebrities oversee the true-to-life challenges the prospective wine-makers would face in the real world.
Winemakers Previous Broadcasts
Table Top Display (Episode #102)
KQED 9: Sat, Dec 26, 2009 -- 8:00 AM
Good winemakers need to know how to communicate wine to consumers. In this episode we test their ability to communicate about wine (without using wine) by having them develop a unique "tabletop" presentation that demonstrates the basic characteristics of wine or wine region to the average wine buyer.
Harvest Challenge (Episode #101)
KQED 9: Sat, Dec 19, 2009 -- 8:00 AM
In the first episode, 12 people from all walks of life arrive on the gorgeous Central Coast of California just as the grape harvest kicks into high gear. It's initiation by fire as the contestants work around the clock for 48 hours picking grapes, cleaning tanks and making wine. In the end we separate the mere wine lover from the budding wine maker and find out who has the drive and dedication to become a winemaker.