Kurri Kurri TAFE picks up three medals at NSW Small Winemakers Wineshow in Forbes

Kurri Kurri TAFE viticulture students enjoy a hands-on experience in the wine-making process.

Kurri Kurri TAFE viticulture students enjoy a hands-on experience in the wine-making process.

Kurri Kurri TAFE has picked up three medals for its wine at the recent NSW Small Winemakers Wineshow in Forbes.

The wines were made by Diploma of Viticulture students who study at Kurri Kurri TAFE, where there is a fully-functioning training winery.

The Intuition 2018 Chardonnay was awarded a silver medal, while the Intuition 2010 Sparkling Methode Traditionelle Chardonnay and Intuition 2017 Shiraz both secured a bronze medal.

The local Diploma of Viticulture course is the only one of its kind in the state. Students enjoy a hands-on experience in the wine-making process on the doorstep of the Hunter Valley. Students and teachers operate the winery and manage its produce.

Diploma of Viticulture graduate, Marcus Wood, is one of the students who contributed to making the wines.

Mr Wood secured employment in the related field of distilling at Hunter Distiller and said he is delighted with the result and to have been a part of the process.

The three winning wines

The three winning wines

"It's very satisfying to know that the wines which my peers and I worked so hard on have won medals," he said.

"I know the wines taste amazing but it makes the effort worthwhile to be recognised by a panel of judges from a prestigious organisation."

NSW Small Winemakers Wine Show Chief Steward Alistair Lunn said TAFE always produced quality wines which was a testament to the hardworking students.

"The TAFE NSW wines made at Kurri Kurri were judged against some of the best winemakers in NSW," Mr Lunn said.

"They were at a really superior standard and this is a reflection of the level of education and practical experience provided by TAFE NSW to students."

Students and teachers operate the winery and manage its produce.

Students and teachers operate the winery and manage its produce.

"Congratulations to all of the students who had a hand in making these wines, winning medals this early on in their career shows the type of wine they will be producing in the future. We look forward to seeing what is produced next year."

TAFE NSW wines are available to buy at the Hunter Valley Hotel Academy in Kurri Kurri.