Dal Zotto Wines in partnership with the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS Institute) is offering an international fellowship worth $12,500 to encourage regional Victorians to develop social and economic skills through innovative practices and leadership.

The International Fellowship for Economic Innovation will be awarded to one regional-based person to undertake international applied research to develop as a professional, innovative leader while using new learning and skills to contribute to their local community.

Dal Zotto Wines CEO and Chief Winemaker Michael Dal Zotto said the team was delighted to be involved with the fellowship and extend the unique opportunity to a resident of regional Victoria.

“The fellowship presents a chance for a regional Victorian to advance their knowledge and identify innovation in the wine industry,” he said.

“This is the first time we have offered the fellowship, but as a past recipient the skills I gained abroad have not only benefited me but also the Dal Zotto brand and Prosecco within Australia.”

Dal Zotto Wines was first introduced to the ISS Institute Fellowship in 2009 when Michael Dal Zotto was awarded the international honour to gain extensive knowledge of the Prosecco variety from both a viticultural and winemaking aspect.

He traveled to Italy and visited his father’s hometown of Valdobbiadene where he gained knowledge on the principles of growing and making Prosecco to build the family’s Dal Zotto Wines brand, and benefit surrounding wineries wishing to enter the Prosecco market.

“ISS Institute recognises and applauds Michael’s commitment to growing regional Victoria and has had the pleasure of watching his incredible successes since completion of his fellowship. We are honoured to be working with Dal Zotto Wines in offering this fellowship to a Victorian who shares their societal vision,” stated Louisa Ellum, Chief Executive Officer is ISS Institute.

Applications for the Dal Zotto Wines International Fellowship for Economic Innovation are open to Victorian residents over 18 years of age. Applications are now open and close Friday 27 October at 4pm.

For more information on the fellowship requirements please visit: http://www.issinstitute.org.au/fellowship-applications/

Deborah Jackson

Deb joined Intermedia in 2015 as Editor of National Liquor News and Deputy Editor of The Shout. Since then, she has also worked as the Editor of Beer & Brewer and the New Zealand title, World of Wine....

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