Student winemaker to enjoy fruits of labour in France

Date: 03/06/2002

Imagine having the opportunity to visit the French countryside, taste the finest wines on offer and learn all there is to know about winemaking from the masters.

Well that's the plan for UWS Hawkesbury Campus student Jonathan Darragh.

A third-year UWS Bachelor of Applied Science (Winemaking) student, Jonathan is the winner of the Alan Young Scholarship for aspiring viticulturalists, receiving $2500 to travel anywhere in the world and further his winemaking education.

Thanks to the scholarship, Jonathan has planned a four-week trip to France so he can learn more about winemaking and establish future employment opportunities with the winemakers of the region.

"I'm planning to visit the winemaking districts of Champagne, Alsace, Burgundy and Bordeaux. I'm also planning to make a trip to Spain and visit vineyards in Catalonia and Rioja," he says.

"I am hoping to be exposed to all the different wine making styles and learn more about the regions. I hope to bring back as much knowledge as I can and hopefully make some good contacts over there that I can use later on."

Jonathan says he is thrilled to have the opportunity to learn more about his craft.

"I enrolled in the degree because I've always been interested in winemaking," he says.

"I've learnt so much while I've been studying at UWS and this trip will open my eyes to winemaking in other parts of the world."

As for long-term plans, Jonathan says he dreams of having his own vineyard and boutique winery.

"I'd love to have my own vineyard somewhere in Orange or perhaps country Victoria. I like all styles of wine, but I definitely plan to make reds," he says.

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