The University of Adelaide School of Agriculture, Food and Wine hosted a workshop and Awards presentation for entrants in the 2016 National Schools Wine Competition on Thursday 20th October.

Held in conjunction with the Royal Adelaide Wine Show, this competition to lift the profile of those schools that make wine, enable the school’s wines to be judged by a professional judging panel, promote the vocations of viticulture and wine  making and be an educational experience for the students involved. This year there were 47 entries vying for four trophies.

The morning workshop was attended by approximately 30 students and 10 teachers from Nuriootpa High School, Faith Lutheran College, Urrbrae Agricultural High School, Hamilton Secondary College, Birdwood High School and Casterton Secondary College in Victoria. School of Agriculture, Food and Wine staff and the Why Waite program presented interactive sessions on different aspects of viticulture and wine making.

The competition awards were presented after lunch. Peter Godden from the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) here at Waite and Royal Adelaide Wine Show judge said the overall quality of entries in the Schools Competition was very high. Wines were classified based on whether they had been made and bottled on the school premises or with off-site assistance.

The winners were:

  • The CCL Label Clear Image Trophy for Best Wine Label:
    Faith Lutheran College, Tanunda for their Mengler View label design
  • The TAFE SA Trophy for Best Wine Made by a School:
    Nuriootpa High School for their Barossa 2015 Shiraz
  • The University of Adelaide Trophy for Best Commercially Produced Wine:
    Streaky Bay Area School for their Blancheport Estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • The Seppeltsfield Wines Trophy for Best Fortified Wine:
    Nuriootpa High School for their Barossa 10 year old Tawny

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