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NZ Winegrowers sommelier scholarship applications open

Published:  11 July, 2018

New Zealand Winegrowers (NZW) has today opened applications for the 2019 Sommit Scholarship for sommeliers from the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.

Designed to provide sommeliers from around the world with a unique experience to explore New Zealand first hand and to meet and network with fellow sommeliers, the programme was first launched in 2015 with Sommeliers Australia, but has since grown to become global initiative with the European sommeliers joining scholars from Australia, Asia, Canada, New Zealand and the USA in 2018.

“Our objective is that these sommeliers will become true ambassadors for New Zealand wine, sharing personal wine discoveries and insights from their trips with restaurant guests and the wider sommelier community,” said Chris Stroud, marketing manager, NZW Europe.

Limited to just 20 sommelier attendees, the 2019 Sommit will be held in Hawke's Bay on 25 and 26 of January, with each of those taking part in a wine experience discovering the regions, varieties, landscapes and personalities of New Zealand wine.

Hosted by Stephen Wong MW, the events are a celebration of the lesser known aspects of New Zealand wine, with particular emphasis on the facets that resonate with the sommelier community.

Joining Wong this year as a host, will be a former alumni of the Sommi, Master Sommelier Ronan Sayburn.

The 2018 Sommit Scholarship was awarded to five sommeliers from the UK and Ireland out of eight European recipients.