Passions often emerge from unexpected places; for William Schibeci, it was a part-time job in a bottle shop that sparked an appreciation which would alter his journey forever.
A journalism student, studying in Sydney at the time, William decided to leave the pen behind and tell stories through the delicate balance of an Australian blend instead.
Following a stint in the Hunter Valley, a move to South Australia and many wines later, William is currently studying his Bachelor in Viticulture & Oenology, has two WSET certificates and is delving deeper into his wine knowledge with the help of a KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Study Scholarship.
William says he has never looked back and is excited for his future in the Australian Wine Industry;
“My ultimate career goal is to make wine in a setting where I believe in the product I am creating. I am highly passionate about studying international wine regions and styles, but due to the program costs, it has been difficult to save while studying full-time.
“With the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Study Scholarship, I am now able to further my education in this aspect of wine theory. I think a greater understanding and appreciation for wine styles from around the world will not only benefit my own creations but the Australian wine community.
“Wine is the great passion of my life, and joining the wine industry was my best decision yet,” Mr Schibeci said.
As a part of his scholarship, William will participate as an associate judge at the prestigious KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show in Sydney this August.
The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation offers two wine scholarships for aspiring Australian wine leaders:
- The KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Study Scholarship
- The Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarship
To apply or find out more, please visit the RAS Foundation website.
Applications close end of August.