Our commitment to learning & development in the Australian wine industry
The Sydney Royal Wine show is passionate about supporting the Australian Wine Industry through learning & development. The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW is a not-for-profit organisation that has been an influential force in the direction and development of Australian agriculture through competitions, education and events since its foundation in 1822. Today, through the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show, we are promoting and rewarding excellence in Australian winemaking through several key initiatives. Networks The Sydney Royal Wine Show is committed to attracting the very best professionals as Judges and Stewards, providing an excellent environment for networking and professional development to all participants, resulting in benefits for the industry at large. Development of Judges The judging panel for the Sydney RAS Wine Show is selected by Chair of Judges, Samantha Connew and the RAS of NSW Wine Committee and aims to include a combination of wine educators, winemakers, wine marketers, retailers, sommeliers, journalists and expert amateurs of wine from across Australia. The RAS offers Associate Judge Positions to a range of young industry professionals, including high-performing graduates from the Len Evans Tutorial; the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET); Sydney Wine Academy; and the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS). McWilliam’s Academy of Wine The KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show has partnered with the McWilliam’s Academy of Wine since 2009 to invite members of the trade to the Show each year for a hands-on educational experience. Participants are given the opportunity to taste and judge Show Exhibits, and are invited to compare their scores to those of the expert judging panel, providing an invaluable experience for wine professionals and aspiring Judges. Educational Wine Program Following the Wine Show, small quantities of excess wine stock are donated to a number of tertiary educational institutions across Australia. This stock and their associated scores are used to re-create judging panels as part of the classroom learning process. Len Evans Tutorial Since 2008, the RAS has sponsored one student to attend the Len Evans Tutorial, valued at $10,000. This prestigious program, said to be “the best wine school in the world’’, was initiated in 2001 by Len Evans AO OBE, Chair of Judges at the Sydney Royal Wine Show for over 25 years. The program is held over a five day period; just twelve students are exposed to a wide range of wines from around the world of various vintages. Blind tastings and judging is conducted daily up to 30 varietal wines from at least five countries, spanning up to 30 years. The wines are judged under Australian wine show conditions. For more information please visit www.lenevanstutorial.com.au . 2017 – Stuart Horden (Dux) 2016 – Adam Cotterell (Dux) The Graham Thorp Memorial Scholarship The Sydney Royal Wine Committee, in partnership with the RAS Foundation, offers an annual tertiary scholarship to foster the growth and development of Australia’s next generation of wine industry leaders, valued at up to $5,000. The Graham Thorp Memorial Scholarship, first awarded in 2013, honours the memory and contribution of Graham Thorp, Chair of the Sydney Royal Wine Committee from 1984 - 1990. For more information, visit www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation . Scholarship Winners: 2017 – Hannah McKay (Winner), Nicholas Connolly (Runner Up) 2016 – Alex Beckett 2015 – Sam Collins 2014 – Nicholas Schirripa 2013 – Brendan Carter Grants & Scholarship Fund Following extensive Wine Industry consultation, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW will conduct a Wine Sale using a portion of excess stock to benefit the Australian Wine Industry. All proceeds will fund Wine Industry Scholarships and Grants. Proceeds will not become part of the Wine Show working capital nor benefit the RAS. In 2016, $23,000 was raised and assisted in expanding the RAS Foundation Scholarship programmes for 2016/17.Further initiatives are being considered for 2017. Exhibitors will be provided with full details of the proposed initiative and given two opportunities to opt out per exhibit. Further details are available in Regulation 25. Your opportunity to make a difference - Would you or your business be interested in supporting a Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship? If so, please contact Kate Ross Executive Officer, RASF at firstname.lastname@example.org .