Dookie's history of teaching winemaking and viticulture dates back to the end of the 19th century when the winery was built in 1896.
Vine to wine intensive
These days the winery is equipped with all the modern tools to for boutique winemaking. Our students undertake wine and viticulture intensives at Dookie to learn about the science of grape growing and wine-making as well as the operation of the winery.
In our Vine to Wine intensive subject they create wine from the harvest to the bottle. Students also visit vineyards in the King Valley, Nagambie Lakes and Goulburn Valley regions to learn about the wine industry and how wine is made.
Masters research projects program
At postgraduate level, students are able to conduct research projects on wine through the Masters research projects program offered by the School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem. Our students study the influence of different types of saccharomyces and non-saccharomyces yeasts on the phenolic and volatile composition of wine. In addition to traditional winemaking, students also participate in developing innovative new styles of wine through flavouring and fortification.
Commercial wines produced by the winery
The wine produced during the research projects has been developed into a wine product under the brand name Ferrosols. The name reflects the Red Ferrosols soil on which the grapevines are grown and serves a mark of respect to the pioneers of viticulture and viticulture education.
Ferrosols wines are now available.