Training & Scholarships

NSW Wine WSET Scholarships

The NSW Wine WSET Scholarship program is part of the MOU between the NSW Wine Industry and the NSW Government.

NSW Wine recognises that education and training is key to career and industry development, and so has launched the NSW Wine WSET Scholarships annual program. 

Under this new initiative, there will be 15 fully-funded scholarships on offer this year for The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) training programs in early 2022 at The Sydney Wine Academy at TAFE NSW Ryde and TAFE NSW Ultimo.

These new scholarships are a great opportunity for those working within the On and Off Premise drinks trades to further their wine education and careers, at the same time as expanding their knowledge of NSW wines and those dedicated wineries that craft the premium and diverse wines of NSW. 

As part of the program, NSW Wine will also be encouraging further experience in the NSW wine industry by supplying wine and coordinating special presentations for a range of special courses and covering the costs of scholarship recipients to participate in NSW trade tastings and events. 

The 15 scholarships (ten for the WSET Level 2 Awards in Wines course and five for the WSET Level 3 Awards in Wines course) are open to anyone working within the On and Off Premise drinks trades, who can attend the following dates, times and locations.

WSET Level 2 Awards in Wines: at TAFE Ultimo, 827 George Street Sydney

Every Wednesday for 9 weeks, 6.30 - 9pm, from 2 February to 30 March 2022

WSET Level 2 Awards in Wines: at TAFE Ryde, 250 Blaxland Road Ryde

Every Saturday for 5 weeks, 9am - 2.30pm, from 12 February to 12 March 2022

WSET Level 3 Awards in Wines: at TAFE Ryde, 250 Blaxland Road Ryde

Every Wednesday for 9 weeks, 9am - 2.30pm, from 2 February to 9 April 2022

Scholarships applications are NOW OPEN until Thursday 16 December 2021.

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.

NSW Wine Industry Partners