Introducing high school students to careers in the wine industry has been a focus of Clare Valley Wine & Grape Association (CVWGA) in recent weeks.

In September, CVWGA joined other local employers at the Clare High School (CHS) careers day, encouraging year 10 and 11 students to explore careers in viticulture and wine making.

On Wednesday, October 19 the Year 9 agriculture classes from CHS visited Paulett Wines as part of a pilot study ‘Excited for Careers in Agriculture’ run by University of Central Queensland. Ali Paulett and Marnie Roberts of Matriarch & Rogue lead the guided tour of the vineyard and winery, identifying the many career opportunities that are involved in producing a bottle of wine.

This was followed by a teacher professional development session and industry networking evening attended by 13 teachers and 8 CVWGA members. Important connections were made between our members and ag teachers from the Mid North, Barossa and Yorke Peninsula.

The Excited for Ag pilot program also includes visits by Blyth Primary School to Knappstein’s Provis Vineyard and Watervale Primary School to Bryksy Hill vineyard this week.