Cornell University

Cider & Perry Production - A Foundation

Friday, June 22, 2018

Finger Lakes Community College Viticulture and Wine Technology Center Geneva, NY 14456

Do you want to gain a broad understanding of cider & perry and acquire the main skills & knowledge necessary to make quality products? Then this is the class to attend!

Introduction & Class Goals
 Chris Gerling, Extension Associate, Cornell University, aims to provide:
• A broad appreciation of the main styles of cider & perry, along with an understanding of the Cider Industry -  including its historical development, its current position in the alcoholic drinks market and its future development
• Knowledge & understanding of the main principles & processes of cider and perry production
• Training in the practical skills necessary for the production of quality cider & perry

Class structure

This four day class involves hands-on practical lab work, lectures, workshops & cider tasting:
• A detailed step-by-step guide to cider & perry production
• An essential grounding in the chemistry & microbiology of cider & perry
• Practical training in the key skills of cider production and in the main methods of laboratory analysis

Certification - Day Five -Tour of FInger Lakes Cider House & Certification Exam

This class is also designed for individuals who wish to gain a recognized industry qualification - The Foundation Certificate in Cider & Perry Production.


For this certification,  the canidate must successfully complete the following:

  • A 90 minute examination made up of 20 multi-choice and 15 short answer questions;
  • A portfolio of organoleptic assessment notes for at least 6 products to confirm a knowledge and understanding of a range of different styles of cider and perry

The 90 minute examination will be offered on the day following the completion of the class.  A portfolio of tasting notes will be developed during the sensory analysis sessions run during the class itself.

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