Certified Winemaking

Apprenticeship Program

Learn how to make wine like a pro! This year for the first time ever we are proud to introduce our exclusive, inaugural, Certified Winemaking Apprenticeship Program. Live the dream. Kickstart a career. Develop a broad range of skills. And gain valuable international experience. Study under internationally award winning winemaker Sitara M. Perez in the oldest wine region in the western hemisphere. Dine on garden to table vegan cuisine by Chef Ava Perez of El Jardín. Connect the wine in the glass with the labor of love it takes to make it.

There will be plenty of time to relax Baja style and explore the beautiful Valle de Guadalupe. This is not study hall. The work is exciting and sociable and the vast majority of your winery time will be spent working hard, putting in long hours and learning. From lugging around heavy crates of grapes to wrestling with giant hoses in the winery, nothing gives you an appreciation for the industry like getting your hands dirty. Buuuuut no matter how hard we sweat, remember, there’s always wine ????.

At the end of our 5 week Certified Winemaking Apprenticeship Program in northern Baja’s picturesque Valle de Guadalupe you will receive a framed Certificate of Achievement. Your Certificate of Achievement is signed by the winemaker at our graduation ceremony held at Valle Girl Vino’s tasting bar El Corcho Rosa to honor your accomplishment.

You will learn about our unique terroir here in Baja Norte’s five valleys and the varietals we grow here. You will participate in field studies in the vineyard, crush, receiving grapes, sorting grapes and fermentation vessels. Introduction to basic fermentation, labs, press techniques, sanitation and aging techniques. Plus a look at barrels, barrel selection, fining and filtering techniques, making corrections, protecting the wine, winemaking vocabulary and bench trials prior to bottling. As well as how to make bottle and cork selections and so much more.

In addition, winemaker Sitara will personally honor unlimited winemaking consultations after the program is over. 

You get all of this personal one on one, hands on, exclusive mentoring plus: private transportation from San Diego airport, lodging, delicious gourmet cuisine, private behind-the-scenes Sommelier Wine Tour from Valley Girl Wine Tours, internationally award winning wines to drink while you play, graduation ceremony, framed Certificate of Achievement and 3 cases of mixed wines signed by the winemaker. Invest in your passions, learn a 10,000+ year tradition blended with contemporary innovation and relax under a million stars.

We only have room for 5 apprentices to get a hands on exclusive opportunity to learn how to make  boutique wine with an internationally award winning winemaker in our exclusive Certified Winemaking Apprenticeship Program. Brought to you by Valle Girl Vino, El Jardin, Valley Girl Wine Tours, Destination Baja, Sustainable Adventures, Pura Vida Solutions and Planet One Solutions

To apply please tell us a little bit about yourself and why you want to learn to make boutique wine. We’d love to hear about one of your memorable wine experiences as well as what wines are you crushing on now and why. Then snail mail or email us your entry with a $25 usd one-time, non-refundable administrative fee to:

Valle Girl Vino c/o Ava Perez 6051 Business Center Ct #4-275, San Diego, CA 92154 or [email protected]. Checks made payable to Sitara Perez or PayPal payments to [email protected]

Apprenticeships starting at only $15,000* per person and because we want this to be the best experience ever, we’ll even let you bring a friend! That’s right, the cost of your tuition includes an exclusive bring a friend** clause at no additional cost to you! Bring your spouse, friend, employee, assistant, business partner, or whomever to learn with you side by side and help take notes, photos and videos and share in this exclusive opportunity. 

*some restrictions apply                                          **lodging/room shared with apprentice