Australian Small Winemakers Show in Stanthorpe welcomes student entries for the first time with great results
A locally produced Viognier was awarded an international standard Bronze Medal and 1st Place in its Class at the prestigious Australian Small Winemakers Show 2015 held in Stanthorpe recently.
The Annual Show is hosted in Queensland’s most respected wine producing region and in a first for the show, judges opened up a school’s division Special Class 22 – White Wine and Special Class 65 Red Wine – Produced by Students – Any Style – Any Vintage.
Judged against international winemaking criteria, this wine produced by St Columban’s College Caboolture students also attained 1st Place in its Class. The Sparking Chardonnay entered attained 3rd Place.
The Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement students in conjunction with Ocean View Estates Winery and Head Winemaker & Owner Thomas Honnef, are the first school in the Caboolture region to merit a bronze medal in the Australian Small Winemakers Show.
Leading the project was Certificate II in Sampling & Measurement teacher Nedra Distel-Rose who shared the student’s journey to the Bronze Medal “the students started by picking 1.5 tonnes of grapes along with the seasonal fruit pickers. They then assisted in the crushing, fermenting, testing and bottling of the final product.”
Ocean View Estates Winery, teachers and students all worked very closely in partnership to produce the award winning wine. Students reported the best part of the process was bottling, capping and labelling the wine.
Principal Ann Rebgetz commented “In another first for St Columban’s College and our students, this is a tremendous achievement for teachers and students. The strong partnership between the College and Ocean View Estates Winery means that students are experiencing absolutely current and relevant workplace learning and achieving industry standard qualifications before they leave school.”
The wine label branded Kells Cross is linked to the heritage of the Irish patron saint of the College St Columban.
So impressed by the wine, Judges have invited the students and their wine, to the premier Wine Show in Australia and New Zealand, the Royal Adelaide Wine Show. The judges applauded their efforts, and particularly in partnering with industry to produce such high a quality wine.
Maureen Hopkins, Science Operations Officer at the College enjoyed working with the students and said: “The students were delighted with the win and celebrated with some of Stanthorpe’s best apple juice!”
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