The roll out of a Barossa Wine School is assisting regional workers to up-skill their knowledge and understanding of wine products and the industry.
This is the first time the initiative has run in the Barossa, having been delivered in China and Hong Kong for the past four years.
So far, 16 participants from the region have seized the opportunity to undertake the level three certificate program at Barossa TAFE in Nuriootpa.
According to RDA Barossa job and skills project officer Meagan Stapleton, the program allows participants to further learn the Barossa’s wine history and a sensory exploration by way of wine tasting. Participants also have the opportunity to access a workforce mentor to support them into a wine-based career path.
“The students come away with a thorough understanding of how the Barossa is where it is today, why the wines are the way they are, which includes soil, climate, landscape and technical applications, and highlights the region’s future direction,” Ms Stapleton said.
The training is presented across two levels, first an introduction to viticulture and wine making in the Barossa, while the second level explores grape varieties and wine styles.
In addition, it supports regional businesses by enhancing their knowledge and skills in culinary tourism.
The program, which is a collaboration between RDA Barossa and the Barossa Grape and Wine Association, is further supported by the state government’s Jobs First Employment Program.
To learn more about the Barossa Wine School, phone BGWA on 8563 0650 and businesses seeking employees in the wine industry are urged to phone Barossa RDA on 8563 3603.