2012 Doug Wisor Memorial Scholarship APPLICATIONS close Friday, 26 October, 2012
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 accommodation and a modest salary for the duration of the vintage, which runs from approximately March until May 2013. The recipient will also be given the opportunity to tour New Zealand's diverse wine regions at the completion of their internship.
Previous winners and Kyle Anderson, 2011 scholarship recipient, have shared their experiences of working a vintage at Craggy Range Winery:
"With Harvest in full swing I didn't have time to do anything other than work, eat, and sleep. I want to thank everyone involved in the Scholarship and express my utmost gratitude for providing me with this once in a lifetime experience; I had an amazing time and learned a great deal about NZ wine and viticulture."
"Craggy Range is a special winery with a unique focus. There is a highly set goal to make exceptional single vineyard wines from across New Zealand. Even though Craggy is a larger sized winery, its focus maintains an atmosphere much like a boutique outlet."
"American winemakers should embrace an opportunity like this scholarship to learn foreign styles and more of the global wine market. In the near future, our wines will almost certainly have to find their way beyond our traditional home market. To that end, within New Zealand no winery can compare to Craggy Range, for its access to exceptional fruit from many regions means a breadth of style, and its reputation and global aspiration teaches much about the wine marketing."
- 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.
A detailed resume together with an essay outlining the reasons why the applicant wants to work a vintage in New Zealand should be submitted by Friday October 26, 2012.