Students who had been categorized as underachievers in the classroom were given the chance to develop the slopes of the mountains around COCO. These students had little motivation in their studies, but upon their arrival at COCO created something truly special. They cut weeds and grasses along the riverbanks under the burning sun during the summer, collected fallen leaves during the winter, and fertilized the soil in the hills. They connected themselves with nature, and succeeded in planting around 600 of COCO’s first vines.
After years of nurturing the vines, COCO produced their first batch of wine using their own grapes. With this initial experience in harvesting grapes, COCO took the first step towards quality wine making. This small amount of wine was fermented and aged in a small tank in the tiny grape cottage located next to the students’ residence