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Yalumba Scholarship IMW


On ground experience is a crucial part of education for all wine enthusiasts.

To offer inspired wine professionals the opportunity to travel to Australia, Yalumba introduced in September 2007 a scholarship with the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) www.masters-of-wine.org, the world's leader in wine education which exists to promote the highest level of educational achievement for the wine industry around the globe.

The Yalumba Scholarship will be awarded annually to one Europe or American-based, second-year MW student enrolled on the full education programme. The successful student will have the opportunity to not only delve into Australian wine at the IMW Melbourne education course, but also experience Yalumba and our people firsthand over a weeks stay in the Barossa. They will work alongside our experienced viti and vini teams and have wider resources at their disposal for the duration of their visit.

When the scholarship was announced, interested IMW students were asked to complete an essay question which was specific to the Australian wine industry and its wines – the question posed was 'The Australian wine offering, particularly in international markets has become increasingly boring. To what extent is this true, and who is responsible - producer, retailer, consumer or journalist?'

In December 2008 Robert Hill-Smith and the Institute announced Mark Janes as the winner of the 2009 Scholarship. Mark Janes, CS, CWE, CSW is the owner of Washoe Wine Company, a small, nationally recognized retail wine store in Nevada that specialises in small production, natural wines. He writes regular wine columns for Reno Wine Magazine and the Reno Gazette Journal. In his free time he is a cardiac anaesthesiologist, husband, and father.

Following this announcement Robert Hill-Smith said, “The calibre of responses was promising and we thank all the entrants for their contributions. This is more than encouraging for the wine industry as a whole and I congratulate Mark on his winning essay. We look forward to welcoming Mark to Yalumba and showcasing what Australia has to offer, especially in terms of regionality and the increasingly diverse offering. During his visit he will work closely with our talented viti / vini teams, and have our wider resources at his disposal for the duration.”

Currently there are no existing Australian sponsored scholarships within the Institute of Masters of Wine which restricts wine enthusiasts the opportunity to directly experience the Australian wine landscape. Australia has a great deal to offer and given some of the recent negativity surrounding brand Australia, we hope to prove this.

The Yalumba Scholarship will be awarded annually to one Europe or Americas-based, second-year MW student enrolled on the full education programme and we look forward to welcoming students to Yalumba as part of their ongoing commitment to wine education.

Read Mark's winning essay


2008 - Joe Fattorini - Read Joe's winning essay / Read Joe's visit report




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