Young winemakers are being invited to nominate themselves or a colleague for the ninth annual Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year awards.
The Wine Society, Australia’s largest and oldest independent wine club, created the award to recognise and reward the efforts of winemakers under the age of 30 who are primarily responsible for the creation of wine.
Now in its ninth year, the Young Winemaker of the Year award attracts impressive entries Australia and New Zealand’s top wineries.
Last year’s Young Winemaker of the Year, Usher Tinkler from Pooles Rock, said the award significantly boosted his industry profile.
“I never realised when I entered that this would have such a huge impact on me and that the award was so pivotal to the wine industry here and in New Zealand,” he said. “As well as helping to increase my profile, the award has meant a lot to my company, Poole’s Rock, and has really helped to boost business.”
In addition to the Young Winemaker title, there will also be an award for the Members’ Choice and the Sommeliers’ Choice, which was introduced for the first time last year.
Nominations close August 31 and the top 10 finalists will be notified by mid-September. The winner will be announced at the awards dinner at the Westin Hotel in Sydney on November 1.
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