Doug Wisor

2016 Doug Wisor Memorial Scholarship
APPLICATIONS close Friday, 30 October, 2015

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.

James Jelks, was the recipient of the 2015 scholarship, and described his vintage experience below:

"It was an exceptional opportunity for learning to work with a range of cool and warm climate varieties, as well as a big asset for furthering my skill set regarding winery operations. My time spent in New Zealand was a special opportunity to live and make friends with a group of international interns who all shared a strong interest in wine. I was treated with a professional level of respect not normally received at the intern level, and I feel lucky to have tasted alongside, and learned from, those who are defining New Zealand's regions and wines."

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 Friday 30 October 2015.

Applications and enquiries should be sent by email to Lucy Harel at the American Australian Association -

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