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First drop in the bottle

GOOD DROP: Bryce Irvine with the first bottle of wine made by Kingaroy State High School, July 29, 2017.
GOOD DROP: Bryce Irvine with the first bottle of wine made by Kingaroy State High School, July 29, 2017. Katherine Morris

SCIENCE students at Kingaroy State High School are getting a taste of the wine business after bottling their first vintage.

Students spent the weekend bottling their first 1000L of wine to sell online.

Science teacher Ross Whiteford also has 30 years of winemaking experience and started up the project this year, after years of planning.

The cabernet grapes from Clovely Estate in Moffatdale have been fermented and processed at the school's winery.

"It's a light red that will be ready in October for summer drinking,” Mr Whiteford said.

"Not only is there the science, there is also the business aspect of it, the marketing and label making sides of making the wine.”

The marketing team will write press releases and organise an opening event to celebrate the first vintage of the wine.

Students are also working on a website and a newsletter about the wine.

"The students are apart of the whole process,” Mr Whiteford said.

"We're one of the only schools in Australia with a wine licence.”

The school now also has a dedicated winery room for processing the wine.

Mr Whiteford said the project started with the goal of teaching science students about the fermentation process.

The wine will be sold online and at the Kingaroy Wine and Food Festival.

Kingaroy State High School has a group of Japanese students on exchange in Kingaroy at the moment who will take some of the wine back to Japan with them.

The school is also working on three more wine styles to release alongside their summer drinking cabernet which is supposed to be consumed cold.

Students are still working on a label and a name for the wine before it is released for sale.

Of course, the students won't be able to taste their product until they have turned 18 in a few years time.

South Burnett

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