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Education, Scholarships & Grants

Applications for the 2020 Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarship are now closed. The Sydney Royal Wine show is passionate about supporting the Australian Wine Industry through learning & development.

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS 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.


The KPMG 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 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show is selected by Chair of Judges, PJ Charteris 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). For more information visit

Trade Seminars

The KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show will be introducing a new trade event in 2020 designed to educate wine professionals about the Australian Wine Show System and to showcase the Sydney Royal Wine Show.

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 been a key sponsor of the Len Evans Tutorial, contributing $10,000 annually. 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. For more information visit

2020 - Adam Walls (Dux)

2019 - Steven Paul (Dux)

2018 - Julian Grounds (Dux)

2017 – Stuart Horden (Dux)

2016 – Adam Cotterell (Dux)

Grants & Scholarship Fund

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW conducts an annual Wine sale, using a portion of excess wine show stock, to benefit the Australian Wine Industry. All proceeds will fund Wine Industry Scholarships and other initatives. Proceeds will not become part of the Wine Show working capital nor benefit the RAS of NSW.

The money raised since the first wine sale in 2017, has assisted in expanding the RAS Foundation Scholarship programmes detailed below. In addition, through a partnership with Wine Australia, funds are being used to promote the Australian Wine Industry, supporting wine education and Australian wine exports. More information can be found on our website

Sydney Royal Wine Show Study Scholarship

First awarded in 2013, this scholarship honours the memory and contribution of Graham Thorp, Chair of the Sydney Royal Wine Committee from 1984 - 1990.

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. This national Award supports a student who demonstrates passion and leadership and who is committed to contributing to the Australian wine industry. Students may be studying anything from agriculture science, horticulture, viticulture, oenology through to marketing, sommelier, lab technician and journalism.
The scholarship is for the value of $6,000 for full-time study or $3,000 for part-time study, along with providing opportunities to network with leaders in the wine industry.

Applications for 2021 are now closed. Applications for 2022 will open in mid- 2021.

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Scholarship Winners:

2020 - Jordan Pickles

2020 - Billy Xynas 

2019 - William Schibeci

2018 - Tim Dexter

2017 – Hannah Mckay

2016 – Alex Beckett

2015 – Sam Collins

2014 – Nicholas Schirripa

2013 – Brendan Carter

Sydney Royal Wine Show Professional Development Scholarship

Are you aged 30 years and under and passionate about the wine industry? The Sydney Royal Wine Committee, in partnership with the RAS Foundation, offers an annual scholarship to receive a fully paid position at the Australian Wine Research Institute’s Advanced Wine Assessment Course in Adelaide. This scholarship, first introduced in 2017, aims to encourage and support young professionals who are passionate about wine and committed to forging careers that will contribute to the Australian wine industry.

Individuals may also apply for funding to pursue other professional development courses such as, but not limited to, certificates and diplomas offered by WSET and CMS, and the AWRI’s Advanced Viticulture Course.

Applications for 2021 are now closed. Applications for 2022 will open in mid-2021.

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Scholarship Winners:

2020 - Chrissie Smith 

2020 - Nicole Wilson 

2019 - Nadja Williams

2019 - Samantha Payne

2018 - Thomas Colman

Your opportunity to make a difference - Would you or your business be interested in supporting a Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship? If so, please contact RASF at