Training & Scholarships

50% Scholarships for US Market Entry Program

The NSW Government (through Invest NSW) are offering to sponsor NSW Wine companies wishing to join the Wine Australia 2022 / 2023 USA Market Entry Program.

The NSW Going Global Wine to the USA stream is now open. Expressions of Interest close 1 April 2022. For this stream, Investment NSW are partnering with Wine Australia on their US Market Entry Program 2022-23.

The program costs AU$12,500 (ex GST) per winery, and the NSW Government will contribute AU$6,250 (ex GST) per winery. Selected wineries must contribute AU$6,250 (ex GST) to Wine Australia.

Activities include: delivering a customised business plan and market strategy sending wine samples to the US for review and distribution upon customer interest collaborating with importer brokers, media outlets, and trade and media contacts identifying and targeting suitable import and distribution partners, and facilitating subsequent meetings assessing the company’s route to market options receiving support in communications, marketing, import logistics and trade outreach to assist entry-to-market and brand exposure.

Please refer to the Wine Australia EOI page for learning objectives and outcomes and to the Investment NSW website for more information including eligibility requirements.

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NSW DPI Viticulture Scholarships

UPDATE: These scholarships have had to be postponed due to COVID regulations, but will still take place at a later date so do please still contact us to express interest.

As an initiative of the NSW DPI Viticulture Skills Development Program, NSW DPI and the NSWWIA is offering ten scholarships to attend the AWRI Advanced Viticulture Course (an intensive 3-day course) in Adelaide and surrounding wine regions on either 11–13 October or 18-20 October 2021.

The scholarships are open to any NSW wine industry participant, whether they be a young / mid-career viticulturist who is looking to broaden their viticultural knowledge and skills or a more experienced viticulturist capable of driving practice changes within their region.

The scholarships cover:

  • course fees to the AWRI Advanced Viticulture Course (usually $2600)
  • travel to and from Adelaide (and accommodation if required).

Application criteria

Preference for eligibility to the AWRI Advanced Viticulture Course will be given to:

  • VineWatch subscribers
  • members of the NSW WIA or regional association (or an employee of a member).

Applicants must be available to attend the AWRI Advanced Viticulture Course dates in October, including travel arrangements on either side of those dates. 

How do I apply? 

To apply e-mail a brief (150 words) cover letter to Angus Barnes at outlining:

  • reason(s) for applying
  • demonstrated ability in the NSW wine industry
  • future ambition
  • potential benefits to the NSW wine industry  
  • NSW viticulture work history and awards.

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