GENEVA-ON-THE-LAKE — A number of people got a chance to learn the fundamentals of making wine over the weekend.

The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake hosted a wine-making event through the weekend, teaching people how to make their own wine.

The number of people attending the event was limited so that the instructor could spend one-on-one time with each student, said Daisy Hall, marketing manager at the Lodge.

This was the first event of its kind at the Lodge, and Hall said more are planned.

“I called all of them to begin with to see what kind of wine they wanted to make,” said Lauren Fiala, the instructor of the class. Several different types of wine available to be made.

“They were all beginners, which was great,” Fiala said.

The attendees were shown the process for making wine, and they got a chance to experiment with excess juice, Fiala said. They were then sent home with everything that they had picked for their first batch of wine, she said.

“At the end of the weekend, they got everything they could possibly use,” Fiala said.

The juice that the attendees used is very easy to ferment, she said.

The wine will take a between a week and a month to ferment, based on the correct temperature being maintained. Once fermenting is complete, the wine will have to rest for some time before it is finished.

“I think it went well,” Fiala said.

The participants also got to experience the Lodge’s wine tours.

The feedback from the weekend was very positive, Hall said.

Two classes have been planned for spring of 2020, with the potential for one more class to be squeezed in before the end of this year, Hall said.

Fiala is working on coming up with more activities for future classes, she said.

There are 20 wineries within minutes of the Lodge, according to the hotel’s website. A number of tours are available.

The Lodge opened in 2016, and is managed by Delaware North.

“The Lodge’s Wine Making Weekend offers a great getaway for wine lovers who enjoy discovering new ways to celebrate the joy of wine,” Fiala said before the event.

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