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Wine & Wineries IT'S SUCH A JOY TO TEACH THE NEXT GENERATION GOING INTO THE WINE INDUSTRY. generation going into the wine industry.” It’s no wonder that it’s a popular subject. “It’s a pretty good lifestyle if you are a young school leaver.You start early, finish at 3pm and are working outside in our beautiful climate. It’s a nice lifestyle compared with working away in the mines. There are opportunities to grow and to learn more and more, like moving into supervising role or vineyard management role. “Obviously if you have a parent in the industry, you see it first-hand but with other students, I think you’ve got to think about life in a small town; what are your opportunities for work? It’s a huge part of what we do in the region so it’s a great option to study that. The kids here are lucky as they are exposed to the industry growing up and opportunities for a career in it. City kids who aren’t exposed to it growing up, don’t know it exists. These kids are fortunate to know about it and have it as an option.” And what about wine education at home? “I think it’s such a healthy way to bring up kids,” says Charlotte. “Kids in Margs have an exposure and respect for wine. Winemakers' children will pour the bottle in the right way and smell the wine. They respect it and are curious about the beauty of it.” Charlotte teaches winemaking, but is also a winemaker by profession. She currently has her new label in the pipeline. “My kids helped me bottle my wine. They

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FROM LITTLE THINGS, BIG THINGS GROW are going to remember that forever,” she says. “They have a respect for the beautiful premium product we make here in Margaret River. It means that young people’s general knowledge of wine is quite high. They have sophisticated palates as they have absorbed so much as they grow up here.” So, toying with a move to Margaret River, but still trying to justify it? Just think of the kids. “They are ahead of the game compared to other people. Growing up in a wine region, you can’t get a better start in the world of world,” says Charlotte.

Joanne Marriott discovers how kids these days are learning the lessons of the land and paving the way for future winemaking generations. “That red brick house,” says Catherine Edwards, her arm outstretched, pointing to a little homestead nestled in the vines. “That’s where we lived with Mum and Dad - all four kids sharing a room.” She laughs. “We are quite a tight knit family.” Catherine’s grandparents bought Ashbrook Estate back in 1975. “All the rock picking, stick picking and

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Summer's here and there's no better place to play the blues than the Margaret River region, with its azure ocean views and white beaches for...