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Future of the Vine - 2020 Sydney Royal Wine Scholarships Announced

Posted on : 16 December 2019

The future of the Australian Wine Industry is looking fruitful, as the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show and the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation recognise a new generation of passionate leaders.

Funded by the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show held in August this year; the Sydney Royal Wine Study Scholarships and Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarships aim to help students pursue their goals within the wine trade.

"An industry is only as strong as its up-coming leaders and Sydney Royal hopes to ensure a bright future for Australian wine by supporting and fostering new talent," says Sydney Royal Wine Committee Chair, Sally Evans.

"Our 2020 wine scholarship recipients have demonstrated great passion and drive to see our local Industry flourish and I have no doubt they’ll all play a role in its future success."

2020 Scholarship Recipients are:

Chrissie - Anne Smith, Yass, New South Wales: Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarship

Currently studying Wine Science at Charles Sturt University, Chrissie - Anne has demonstrated a passion for wine, establishing the Yazz Wine Fest in Canberra and even creating her first Riesling in 2018.

Nicole Wilson, Broke, New South Wales: Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarship

A Hunter Valley winemaker, Nicole is currently a part of the Margan Family Winemakers and aims to continually challenge herself in the name of advancing the Australian wine industry. Nicole believes judging experience trains the palate and in turn enhances a winemaker's skills.

Jordan Pickles, Adelaide, South Australia: Sydney Royal Wine Study Scholarship

Jordan is currently in his 3rd year of a Bachelor of Viticulture & Oenology at the University of Adelaide. To advance his palate, Jordan hopes to utilise his scholarship to travel and undertake courses outside his degree; visiting international wine regions and enrolling in masterclasses.

Billy Xynas, Melbourne, Victoria: Sydney Royal Wine Study Scholarship

Billy is examining the challenges of climate change for winemakers and the impact of the new Food Standards ruling; this includes the analysis of international approaches to this issue and exploring new understanding and methodologies for Australian wine makers as he undergoes his PhD at Melbourne University.

The 2020 Sydney Royal Wine Study Scholarship recipients will receive full and part-time funding to pursue studies related to the Wine Industry; with the full-time scholar receiving the opportunity to be a VIP at the prestigious 2020 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show to be held in August next year.

Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarship winners, will receive a fully-funded position at the well-known Australian Wine Research Institute's Advanced Wine Assessment Course.

For further information on the scholarships, please visit the website.

Recipient bios attached and hi-res images available here.


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