The Wine Industry Mentor Program is returning for 2024, providing an opportunity for wine professionals to build long-lasting industry connections across the grape and wine sector.

Following the program, previous participants have progressed in their careers, expanded their professional networks, developed confidence, taken on leadership roles or other professional development pathways, and committed to their regions, roles, and opportunities for future success.

A participant of the program in 2023, Alexandra Quinton commented on her experience.

“I have gained greater confidence in myself and my abilities. I felt empowered to ask questions I haven’t asked anyone else, and got useful, meaningful, helpful advice and feedback. As a result of this program, I have a real sense of drive and purpose and am excited for what the future holds,” she said.

Since 2019, more than 216 mentees have received one-on-one mentoring through the program, with many continuing their relationship following its completion. This year’s mentors include more than 50 wine industry experts, including Matt Woo (Penfolds), Samantha Connew (Stargazer Wines), Gill Gordon-Smith (Wine educator) and Angus Hughson (Winepilot).

Returning mentor Annabel Mugford explained how the program has benefited former participants.

“The program builds the leadership potential within the industry. Plus it encourages diversity by giving all individuals, regardless of role and background, the confidence that their thoughts and ideas matter,” she said.

The program will run over six months from June to November, with mentors and mentees engaging in monthly one-on-one sessions, as well as providing access to a range of resources and industry subject matter experts through the program’s online mentoring platform.

The program is jointly supported and managed by the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology, the University of Adelaide, Wine Australia, Wine Communicators of Australia and the Wine Industry Suppliers Association.

Applications open today and close on 31 March and can be made through the Wine Communicators of Australia website.

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