School releases wine
By JUSTIN JENVEY
BRIGHT P12 College has more than 300 bottles of wine to sell as part of the school’s annual collaboration with Ringer Reef winery.
The 2018 vintage of 12 Bright Vines - a project undertaken each year by Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students - produced 329 bottles of Sauvignon Blanc.
After picking 400kg of grapes in 2017, the schools vineyard only yielded 40kg this year after being hit with downy mildew after a wet December.
An even bigger contribution of grapes provided by Ringer Reef ensured the project would again happen in what was the fifth year of the partnership.
The annual project sees the school’s year 10, 11 and 12 VCAL students involved in the whole wine making process from picking the grapes through to bottling the final product.
As well as working with Ringer Reef’s Mark Holm the students are taught how to prune and thin the school’s vines with the help of Porepunkah vigneron Mick Dalbosco.
Year nine visual communication and design students are also involved each year being asked to create a label with Lauren Bartlett’s design chosen for this year’s bottle.
Year 12 chemistry students also spend a day at Ringer Reef in Porepunkah using analytical chemistry techniques to measure the alcohol content, pH and sulphur dioxide content of the wine.
Student Ava Kozuharoff said it was a big team effort and at a wine launch on Friday night and thanked Mark and Julie Holm and the Ringer Reef team for their ongoing support of the VCAL wine program.
On the night Mark Holm presented a cheque to Bright P12 College principal Jean Olley for $3000 which was the proceeds from the sale of last year’s wine.
The money will be used to fund the project into the future as well as fund other student projects such as ca- reers excursions and alcohol education programs.
Mr Holm said the Ringer Reef was very proud to partner with the school.
“For the students to get an insight into local industry in this case wine production methods is a really great thing and something we’re really happy to be a part of,” he said.
“The rain in December caused some problems at the little Bright vineyard but these things happen, we had some trouble ourselves and lost a fair bit of our crop but that’s primary production for you.
“We topped up with our fruit and with the help of the students we were able to produce a wine that I’m pretty happy with.
“It’s a great thing for the school to be able to turn a couple of hundred dollars’ worth of fruit into valuable finished product with proceeds being donated back.”
The 2018 12 Bright Vines can be purchased from the Ringer Reef Winery or you can complete an order from at the Bright P12 College office.