The NSW Wine Industry Association with the support of the NSW Government has launched an annual NSW Wine WSET Scholarship program.

The program will offer 15 scholarships this year for The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) training programs in early 2022 at The Sydney Wine Academy at TAFE NSW Ryde.

NSW Wine President Mark Bourne said: “We are delighted to be working with the TAFE NSW Sydney Wine Academy, the largest WSET specialist school in Australia and past winner of WSET International Wine Educator of the Year. The Academy, based in Ryde, has excellent educational facilities including a unique wine sensory centre and wine evaluation theatre.

“These new scholarships are a great opportunity for those key front-of-house staff that present our wines to the public to further their wine education and careers, at the same time as expanding their knowledge of NSW wines and those dedicated wineries that craft the premium and diverse wines of NSW.

“In the long-term, we hope that this program will grow sales and listings of NSW wines in restaurants and bottle shops across Greater Sydney, boost tourism to Cellar Doors in regional NSW and ultimately increase employment in regional NSW.”

The 15 scholarships (10 for the WSET Level 2 Awards in Wines course and five for the WSET Level 3 Awards in Wines course) are open to anyone working in the on- or off-premise and who can travel to TAFE NSW Ryde or TAFE NSW Ultimo during early 2022 for the courses.

Scholarships applications are open now until 16 December 2021 and applications can be submitted via the NSW Wine website.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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