Earthy, spicy, fruity, peppery, very drinkable, are just some of the adjectives used by leading winemakers to describe the East River Winery white, rose, sparkling and red wines.

East River Winery is the viticulture enterprise of the WA College of Agriculture-Denmark and students have been helping to make wine here for the past 20 years under the direction of renowned winemaker James Kellie from Harewood Wines. In that time the College has turned out some outstanding wines.

Sampling the wines as a pre-cursor to their release for sale at the College Open Day on 1 September 2018, Mr. Murray Montgomery from Montgomery Hill Wines and Mr. Owen Sounness, a member of the Agricultural Advisory Committee said the wines being offered for sale offered excellent characteristics and value for money.

The wines are on offer to the public on limited occasions such as Open Day, under special licensing provisions and will include a special release 2011 Sparkling Pinot-Chardonnay celebrating 20 years of winemaking at WACOA-Denmark. .

The College Open Day offers members of the public the opportunity to sample and purchase wine. Pre-orders are also available by contacting the College for an Order Form. Open Day is held on Saturday 1 September 2018.

Pictured: On right – James Kellie from Harewood Wines, Denmark pulls a wine sample. Left: Nigel Levinson who oversees the College vintage.

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Open Day A Big Success

Students keen on a career in agriculture and related industries learned all they needed to know about livestock, horticulture and modern farming at the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark’s annual Open Day.

Principal Kevin Osborne said this year’s Open Day, on September 2, was the most important day on the College’s calendar. “This is the day we open our doors to prospective students, parents, the local community and others who may have an interest in agricultural education,” Mr Osborne said. “For prospective students and their families we provide opportunities to see what college life is about, meet experienced staff, gain valuable information on study options and how to enrol.”

Families and members of the community at large toured the College facilities including the state of the art robotic dairy and the new indoor equine centre and surrounding farm, viewing a variety of hands-on activities providing a real feel for the programs available at the College.

Demonstrations included shearing and wool classing, equine events, cattle parades, metal and automotive, machinery and equipment exhibitions – all leading to the Grand Parade of livestock and machinery at the end of the day. Classroom displays included coursework projects and sales of horticultural produce and the ever popular wine tasting and sales from the College’s East River vineyard.

Pictured Below: (L-R) Dr. Sally Talbot, MLC, Principal Kevin Osborne and Pam Moss, Assistant Executive Director, Statewide Planning & Delivery, Department of Education


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