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Charles Sturt University: a world leader in wine education.

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I am honoured today to open Charles Sturt University’s new state-of-the art $2.5 million wine production facility.

Today’s event emphasises the University’s strengths in wine education, and demonstrates that regional Australia is continuing to compete with the world’s best in this area.

Retail sales are already in the order of $1.5 million a year and the new facility is designed for 10 times the capacity of the original winery. It will crush up to 500 tonnes of grapes annually, and will allow production of up to 30 to 35,000 cases, with a retail value of $3 to $3.5 million.

All on-campus second year students are required to spend part of their time in the new commercial winery working under the guidance of staff.

The initiative illustrates CSU’s commitment to providing hands-on experience for students in a commercially successful and increasingly popular enterprise such as wine education.

CSU’s wine science and viticulture courses have developed into some of the most significant wine education courses in the world, with graduates in demand across Europe, North America and emerging wine export countries such as South America and New Zealand.

The production winery will provide the perfect accompaniment to CSU’s award winning cheese factory, opened in 1998, and will also complement its existing food science programme.

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  CSU is a fine example of an Australian university that is leading the

way forward in research and specialisation - at the forefront in a distinctive area and exploiting commercial opportunities without compromising the quality of the teaching and learning experience.

This initiative proves that commercialisation, specialisation and high quality learning can be combined in a highly successful way to the benefit of students, the institution, the broader community and the Australian economy.

News editors please note: Dr Nelson will be opening the wine production facility at 2.00pm at Ron Potter Centre, McKeown Drive, Wagga Wagga.


For further information:

Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095

Charles Sturt University

Sally Druitt

02 6933 2207 / 0417 118 495

DEST: Liz De Luca 02 6240 8363



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