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Top Gold For Winemakers

Top Gold For Winemakers

The St Joseph’s 2017 Pinot Grigio took out Top Gold at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show – National Schools Wine Competition, on Friday 27th October, scoring an outstanding 18.6 out of 20 to beat teams from all around the country.

This is the first Gold for the St Joseph’s School Young Winemakers program since entering the competition in 2015. The win takes pride of place amongst the 5 bronze medals taken out over the last 3 years with the school’s Cabernet and Rose` varieties at Royal Adelaide and Australian Small Winemaker’s shows.

Much to the students excitement, the Pinot Grigio was not only awarded Top Gold but was awarded ‘Best Wine Commercially Produced, made by the school in conjunction with a local winery’, which is accompanied by the University of Adelaide Trophy for top school in Classes 2 and 4.

“To put this win in context, we have won this major award over prestigious local Adelaide schools who produce wine in conjunction with big South Australian wineries. Not bad for a little Catholic school from the Granite Belt in Queensland, ” said teacher Mr Matthew Brown.

The Young Winemakers program, which produced its first vintage in 2011,  is linked closely with local wine producers.  Over the year students in the program take part in the growing and care of grape vines, study the science and characters of a good wine, pick and crush grapes, as and bottle the resulting wine, all under the guidance and tutelage of expert wine makers.

A massive thank you goes to Mike Hayes, Ewen McPherson and the team at Symphony Hill Wines for their on-going support of the Young Winemakers program. Mike has been instrumental in guiding the development of the Young Winemakers (along with former Symphony Hill assistant winemaker, Tom Battle).


Congratulations to the 2017 Young Winemakers, Mike and the Symphony Hill team. This is reward for the hard work, passion and commitment shown in producing excellent quality wine here on the Granite Belt.

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