On Thursday, 25 October, our Year 11 Geography students had an excursion to Malmalling Winery.
Blue skies and a warm spring breeze made perfect walking weather for the Geography excursion to Malmalling Winery in Parkerville. Joshua Jarvis and Joshua Cesery-Hopkins set a cracking pace using their satellite navigation and led the way for the 25-minute walk.
The owner met us in the carpark and guided us through to his charming restaurant where he offered us cool water and we had a moment to gather our thoughts and cool down. He took us to the vineyard where he explained to us the variety of berries that he grows; the irrigation system that originates from Israel; and the natural way that native blossoms keep the birds away from the berries most of the time. We completed a soil profile and learned that due the large amount of rainfall we have had this year he may not need to use his irrigation system to provide water to the vines.
Some may say that the best part of the day was the opportunity to dine in the restaurant and enjoy the personal and friendly service. Lunch was a choice of meat and salad rolls, soft drinks and the BEST chips in Parkerville. Finally, we were taken to the cellar to see the way that different wines are made.
Valuing quality over quantity is really the essence of what Malmalling are trying to do with their wines. It was a privilege to be able to get an inside look at the inner workings of Malmalling and a rich experience for our Geography students. Thankyou Malmalling!
Mrs Sarah Wayner