Sam Cook and Alastair Reed from Konpira Maru have been named in the top 50 Australian young gun wine makers.
Sam Cook and Alastair Reed from Konpira Maru have been named in the top 50 Australian young gun wine makers. Contributed

Sip Sip Hooray: Wine-making young guns thank South Burnett

When wine makers Alastair Reed and Sam Cook first started making wine, the South Burnett was the last region they thought they would be working in.

The young wine merchants' label, Konpira Maru, was recently selected in the top 50 young gun wine makers in the country for 2019.

But the passionate wine makers, based out of Victoria and the Sunshine Coast respectively, said their success wouldn't have happened without a significant contribution from the South Burnett

"We purchase fruit from growers in Murgon,” Mr Cook said.

"We also utilise the winery space at Clovely Wines to produce the wine.”

The pair started making wine five years ago and their fresh take on an age-old industry is getting lots of positive attention.

"A big part of what we do is about having fun,” Mr Cook said.

The award-winning duo are definitely not taking themselves too seriously and that is expressed in the names of their wines.

One particular bottle is called, Kavorka which is a Latvian curse that makes someone irresistible to the opposite sex.

"A lot of the names are a bit tongue-in-cheek,” Mr Cook said.

"It acts as a great marketing exercise.”

Mr Cook is proud to be able to support the South Burnett wine industry and he has a lot of strong connections to the region.

"My mum's family are from out in Nanango and we have family in the South Burnett,” he said.

"To me it was a great opportunity to come back to the region and give it a push.”

As their way of giving back to the South Burnett, the young entrepreneurs are giving a percentage of the sales from the unusually named wine, Gravy, to a local charity.

"We are donating $5 from every bottle to Graham House,” Mr Cook said.

The philosophy behind the pair's wine-making strategy is a simple, yet ethical one.

"It has to be wine we want to to drink,” Mr Cook said.

"We don't want to pump out large amounts of general booze.

"It has to be wine we like and that we can be proud of.”