Hunter Valley winemaker Nicole Wilson, of Margan Family Winemakers, enjoys challenging herself in the name of advancing the Australian wine industry. From Stewarding to associate judging, fruit processing to barrel work and forklift operations Nicole has willingly done it all and she isn’t finished yet. Ultimately she wants to be the finest winemaker she can, producing prestigious wines and inspiring others to strive to do the same.
Believing judging experience trains the palate and therefore enhances your own winemaking, Nicole would like to participate in more wine shows as a judge and improve her ability to critically analyse wines - both those she is judging and those she is producing.
The Wine Assessment Scholarship will take Nicole all the way back to family in Adelaide as she undertakes the Wine Assessment course run through the Australian Wine Research Institute. Completing her Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Adelaide, she is returning to the place it all commenced, completing a wine lover's cycle from South Australia's wine region - where she began as a Cellar Door Manager with The Lane Vineyard - to the Hunter region of New South Wales, via a period as a Cellar Hand in Niagara, Canada.