The first two groups of Australian sommeliers have landed in New Zealand to participate in the annual New Zealand Winegrowers Sommelier Scholarship program.
Launched in 2015 alongside Sommeliers Australia, the program will this year see scholars from Asia, Canada, the UK, Europe, the USA, New Zealand and Australia embark on a week-long immersion in New Zealand’s wine industry.
Over five weeks, participants will experience one of two intensive itineraries. Both itineraries will begin with varietal and regional overview tastings and experiences in the North Canterbury, Malborough and Wairarapa regions, followed by a two day ‘Sommit’ where New Zealand based master sommelier Cameron Douglas and master of wine Stephen Wong will play host.
The ‘Sommit’ events will cover specialised topics such as aged riesling, orange wine, smaller plantings, alternative expressions of sauvignon and pinot gris and regional expressions of pinot noir and syrah.
The eight Australian sommeliers attending are Sarah Andrew from Selador Wines, Victoria; Emmanuel Cadieu from Merivale, New South Wales; Morgan Golledge from Blackbird Bar & Grill, Queensland; Richard Healy from Rockpool Dining Group, New South Wales; Anthony Pieri from Apples and Pears Entertainment Group, Victoria; Jeremy Prus from Lalla Rookh Bar & Eating House, Western Australia; Shanteh Wong from Quay Restaurant, New South Wales; and John Wilkinson from Barangaroo House, New South Wales.