Wine writing scholarship announced

Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Association announced its inaugural annual wine writing scholarship today, with the first recipient to be announced by 1 February 2022.

The scholarship includes a cash stipend, access to wine industry events and mentoring by professionals working with wine. It will last for 12 months from February when vintage commences in Hawke’s Bay each year.

“We hope to foster and motivate new writers for the industry and create a voice for our story,” says Sally Duncan, chairperson for Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Association.

She says the new scholarship was inpired by the late Raymond Chan, a highly respected wine advisor in New Zealand.

The scholarship selection panel is comprised of Daniel Brennan, winemaker and owner of Decibel Wines; Cristina Sanders, award winning writer and  author); Holly Russel, winemaker and coowner of Three Fates Wines) and Michael Henley MW, board member for Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers & New Zealand Winegrowers.

Full details of the programme and how to apply can be found on the Hawke’s Bay Wine website,

This year’s applications must be received by 5pm on 15 January 2022.

The successful applicant will be notified by 1 February 2022.

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