Doug Wisor

2014 Doug Wisor Memorial Scholarship
APPLICATIONS close Monday, 3 November, 2014

Doug Wisor was a brilliant young American born winemaker at Craggy Range Winery who passed away in New Zealand following a tragic kite surfing accident. During his time with Craggy Range, Doug made some of the finest wines New Zealand has seen.

The Scholarship, administered by the American Australian Association, supports a young American winemaker to travel to New Zealand to intern at Craggy Range Winery for a vintage. The Doug Wisor Memorial Fund will provide return airfares from the US, whilst Craggy Range will provide a modest salary and housing and local transportation options for the duration of the harvest, which runs from approximately March until May 2015. The recipient will also be given the opportunity to tour New Zealand's diverse wine regions at the completion of their internship.

Lauren Wheeler, 2013 scholarship recipient, have shared their experiences of working a vintage at Craggy Range Winery. From Lauren:

"Craggy Range was truly a spectacular place to work and has now set the bar very high for me.  I felt spoiled to work at such an amazing facility with some of the best fruit and with fantastic people.  I gained more from my time at Craggy Range than I could have ever imagined and the trip around New Zealand’s wine regions was a trip of a lifetime."

Thoughts from previous recipients, and a brief video can be found at:

Selection Criteria:

- Applicant should be an American citizen or permanent resident.
- Applicant should demonstrate intellect, vision, innovation and practical experience in winemaking.
- Demonstrate why an overseas internship would be important in career development.
- Explanation of mutual benefits likely to both the applicant and vineyard.
- Applications must be clear, concise and easily understandable.
- Please include contact details for at least one recent wine industry referee.

Application Process:
A detailed resume together with an essay outlining the reasons why the applicant wants to work a harvest in New Zealand should be submitted by Monday 3 November 2014.

Applications and enquiries should be sent by email to Jhelum Bagchi at the American Australian Associatio -

For further information on Craggy Range Winery visit:

CONTACT: Jhelum Bagchi +1 (212) 338 6860, ext. 208