Top of class in wine mak­ing

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Front Page -

SCHOOLS aren’t of­ten a hot­bed for wine mak­ing ge­nius but a group of Stan­thorpe stu­dents has claimed a top in­dus­try award.

The St Joseph’s 2017 Pinot Gri­gio won top gold at the Royal Ade­laide Wine Show – Na­tional Schools Wine Com­pe­ti­tion last Fri­day.

It scored an out­stand­ing 18.6 from 20 to beat teams from through­out the coun­try.

This is the first gold for the pro­gram.

The pinot gri­gio was also awarded Best Wine Com­mer­cially Pro­duced, made by the school in con­junc­tion with a lo­cal win­ery.

“To put this win in con­text, we have won this ma­jor award over pres­ti­gious Ade­laide schools,” teacher Matthew Brown said.

“Not bad for a lit­tle Catholic school from the Gran­ite Belt in Queens­land.”

The young wine­mak­ers pro­gram, which pro­duced its first vin­tage in 2011, is linked with var­i­ous lo­cal wine pro­duc­ers.

“A mas­sive thank you goes to Mike Hayes, Ewen McPher­son and the team at Sym­phony Hill Wines for their on­go­ing sup­port,” Mr Brown said.

“This is re­ward for the hard work, pas­sion and com­mit­ment shown in pro­duc­ing ex­cel­lent qual­ity wine here on the Gran­ite Belt.”

❝ won We have this ma­jor award over pres­ti­gious Ade­laide schools. — Matthew Brown

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

WINE CHAMPS: The St Joseph’s School Young Wine­mak­ers pro­gram par­tic­i­pants claimed their first gold medal last week.

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