Skip to main content

This browser is not supported. Please upgrade your browser.

Our commitment to learning & development in the Australian wine industry

 Applications for the 2019 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 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 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

2018 - Julian Grounds (Dux)

2017 – Stuart Horden (Dux)

2016 – Adam Cotterell (Dux)

Sydney Royal Wine Show Study Scholarship

The Sydney Royal Wine Show Scholarship, first awarded in 2013, 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 encourages and 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 has the value of $6,000 for full-time study or $3,000 for part-time study along with opportunities to network with leaders in the wine industry.

Applications for the 2019 Sydney Royal Wine Show Study are now closed. - For more information visit:

Scholarship Winners:

2018 - Tim Dexter

2017 – Hannah Mckay

2016 – Alex Beckett

2015 – Sam Collins

2014 – Nicholas Schirripa

2013 – Brendan Carter

Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarship

Inaugural in 2017, Are you aged 30 years and under and passionate about the wine industry? The Sydney Royal Wine Committee, in partnership with the RAS Foundation, is calling for applications for the new Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarship. This national award 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.

The scholarship winner will receive a fully paid position at the Australian Wine Research Institute's Advanced Wine Assessment Course taking place in May 2019 in Adelaide.

Applications for the 2019 Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarship are now closed- For more information visit:

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 2018/19, as detailed above.

In addition, through  partnership with Wine Australia, funds will be used to promote the Australian Wine Industry, supporting wine education and Australian wine exports through the China Wine Awards and the International Master of Wine programme.

The SRWS will sponsor a new category at the 2018 China Wine Awards. An “Best Australian Wine List” will be chosen, acknowledging and pro-actively supporting Australian wine in China. 

Now in its sixth year, the China Wine Awards is becoming one of the most prominent and esteemed celebrations of Australian wine in China, recognising those companies and individuals which are helping to increase the demand for Australian wine in this fast-growing market.

The China Wine Awards includes a gala presentation dinner for over 250 key industry participants, an Australian Wine Fair and associated media events

The SRWS Sponsorship will help fund the award winner’s visit to Australia as part of the China Vintage Trip in 2018, which will also include a Sydney Royal Wine Show master class featuring Sydney Royal trophy winning wines.  

The SRWS will be a co-sponsor of the AWRI’s tailor-made Advance Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) for Master of Wine students participating in the annual study programme in Adelaide. AWAC is currently presented to prepare potential wine show judges and develop sensory analysis capabilities at an elite level. The aim is to present the Australian Wine industry as leaders in global wine training and education, providing further opportunities to showcase Australian Wine and what our industry delivers as a leader in R&D globally.

The Wine Sale will be conducted (pending Liquor License approval) on site at Sydney Showground in late November. The limited quantity of wine will be sold in mixed, red and white dozens at a set price of approx $120. The broader RAS family (members, staff, volunteers) will be invited to participate, as well as limited members of the general public.

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