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Chrissie-Anne Smith

Studying Wine Science at Charles Sturt University, volunteer Stewarding at a variety of Wine Shows, doing contract vineyard work throughout the Canberra district wine region and establishing the Yazz Wine Fest - a celebration of Canberra beverage makers and food providores - are more than enough reasons for the judging panel to be impressed by Sydney Royal Wine Assessment Scholarship recipient Chrissie-Anne Smith.

Although her initial career moves were in health care, the call of the vine was too strong to ignore and Chrissie-Anne began to follow her passion for the vineyard side of wine. Whilst her Wine Science degree will develop her skills in wine making, the Wine Assessment course run through the Australian Wine Research Institute will enhance Chrissie-Anne's ability to recognise and judge different wine styles and blends as well as regional character and to develop her sensory analysis capabilities.

Her determination to make her mark in the business has already seen Chrissie-Anne establish her own wine label and produce her Intrepidus Wines Riesling in 2018, and she hopes to play a role in redressing the balance of females to males in the Australian wine industry, supporting other women and acting as a mentor to those starting out in the industry.