William - Where there's a wine there's a way
The Sydney Royal Wine Study Scholarship was established in honour of Graham Thorp, former Chairman of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Wine Committee. Awarding up to $6,000 towards study expenses and the opportunity to Steward at the annual Sydney Royal Wine Show, the Scholarship targets applicants with a strong desire to play an active role in the future of the Australian wine industry.
With a resume boasting work experience with four vineyards over eighteen months, Bathurst local William Schibeci was an outstanding applicant and worthy recipient of the 2019 Wine Study Scholarship. William has worked for the Hunter Valley's Brokenwood Wines and Tyrell's Wines, as well as Peregrine Wines in Central Otago, NZ and the Napa Valley's Ovid, a Californian winery known for its outstanding reds.
Studying his Bachelor of Oenology and Viticulture at the University of Adelaide, William is also undertaking his WSET Diploma (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) at the Sydney Wine Academy. William believes the Diploma perfectly complements the Bachelor degree and gives him another tool to become the best wine maker and assessor he can be.
"The intense nature of the WSET diploma will help develop the way I think about wine when both making it and tasting it," he says.
"I plan on using my Diploma to then go on and study for my Masters of Wine."
William's interest in wine goes well beyond taste, he has a fascination with the history, geography and cultural aspects of winemaking and assessment, whilst his education so far has influenced the way he perceives wine and understands it.
The Sydney Royal Wine Show, first held in 1826, is one of the most prestigious in Australia, attracting over 2,000 entries from across Australia drawn by the opportunity to have their product benchmarked across a section of Australian competitors and the opportunity to won a coveted Sydney Royal Medal or Trophy. The Wine Show also provides incredible networking and learning opportunities for stewards.
"Working at wineries that place such a high importance on Australian wine shows has shown me the immense value of participation in wine shows," William says.
"However, Stewarding was my first glimpse into the inner workings of a wine show and it gave me a better understanding of the dynamics between judges and the communication that takes place leading to wines being scored."
Offered by the Sydney Royal Wine Committee along with the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation, the Sydney Royal Wine Study Scholarship is open now for applications.