Monday, 1 July

New Zealand Winegrowers, in partnership with Sommeliers Australia, are excited to announce that the New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship initiative will take place again in February 2025. Applications for the scholarship are open to Australian applicants from 1 July until 16 August 2024.

The Sommelier Scholarship provides engaged wine professionals from all over the world with the opportunity to take part in an unforgettable wine experience, discovering the regions, varieties, landscapes, and personalities that make New Zealand wine so distinctly New Zealand.

As part of the two week New Zealand immersion programme, scholarship recipients will attend the 2025 Sommit™ to be held in Gisborne on 17 and 18 February 2025, and are invited to attend Pinot Noir New Zealand 2025 in Christchurch from 11 to 13 February.

Only two scholarships will be awarded in the Australian market. Candidates are expected to have a strong passion for the wine industry and a keen interest in developing their knowledge of New Zealand wine.


The scholarship includes:

    • Attendance at the Sommit™ in Gisborne (17-18 February 2025)
    • Attendance at Pinot Noir New Zealand 2025 in Christchurch (11-13 February 2025)
    • Wine experiences and tastings in regions across New Zealand
    • International and domestic flights, accommodation, meals, transfers, event registrations and all event inclusions


About Sommit™

Held in Gisborne on 17 and 18 February, Sommit™ will be hosted by New Zealand wine and on-premise authorities Cameron Douglas MS and Stephen Wong MW. Attended exclusively by the 2025 Sommelier Scholarship recipients and targeted exclusively to their interests, the Sommit™ event is an all-encompassing celebration of the lesser known aspects of New Zealand wine.


CLICK HERE for more information about the scholarship programme, criteria and how to apply.

Applications open from 1 July until 16 August 2024.



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