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2011 Yalumba Scholarship Winner Announced

The Institute of Masters of Wine and Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family-owned winery, are delighted to announce that Louise Wilson is the recipient of the 2011 Yalumba Scholarship.

This generous scholarship is awarded annually to one second-year student in the Institute’s study programme, who is based outside Australia or New Zealand. It enables the recipient to attend the Institute’s annual Australasian residential seminar in Adelaide and to spend a week visiting the Yalumba vineyards, nursery and winery in Angaston.

Louise Wilson is an accredited sommelier with the International Sommelier Guild and holds the WSET Diploma. She currently lives in Niagara on the Lake, Canada, and works for Andrew Peller, managing the International Sales department.

Applicants for this year’s scholarship had to write an essay from the perspective of a small or medium sized winemaker in Australia, making innovative wines from ‘new and alternative’ varieties, or crafting ‘new wave’ Australian Chardonnay. In 1,000 words they had to discuss the philosophy behind the wines and the marketing strategy for taking these wines to a global market.

Fifth generation Yalumba proprietor, Robert Hill Smith said: “On-ground vineyard and winery experience remains an integral factor in wine education. Louise will have the rare and exciting opportunity to immerse herself alongside our experienced viti and vini teams and absorb and question our philosophies and techniques. Our team, their knowledge and resources will be at Louise’s disposal for the duration of her visit.”

Lynne Sherriff MW, Chairman of the Institute, said: “Congratulations to Louise on her success and thanks again to the team at Yalumba for providing this wonderful learning opportunity to one of our students. Bringing wine communities together and facilitating the exchange of knowledge is at the heart of what the Institute does. This scholarship embodies that ethos.”

Louise Wilson said: “I would like to thank Yalumba and the Institute for this incredible opportunity. It is a dream come true to visit Barossa and to learn from such a well regarded winery. I am equally looking forward to meeting the students and MWs during the seminar.”

2011 Annual Reception and Awards Ceremony

The 13 new Masters of Wine of 2011 were formally welcomed into the membership of the Institute at its annual reception and awards ceremony at Vintners’ Hall in London last night (Wednesday, 9 November 2011).

Outstanding achievement in the Masters of Wine Examination was also recognised with the announcement of the Institute’s 2011 awards.

The Upper Warden of The Vintners’ Company, Michael Cox presented the new Masters of Wine with their certificates:

  • Michele Anderson MW (Australian living in USA)
  • Christy Canterbury MW (USA national and resident)
  • Sam Caporn MW (UK national and resident)
  • Mary Gorman-McAdams MW (Irish living in USA)
  • Andy Howard MW (UK national and resident)
  • Emma Jenkins MW (New Zealand national and resident)
  • Richard Kershaw MW (British living in South Africa)
  • Paul Liversedge MW (British living in Switzerland)
  • Caro Maurer MW (German national and resident)
  • Antony Moss MW (UK national and resident)
  • Mai Tanaka MW (Japanese living in UK)
  • Dr. Liz Thach MW (USA national and resident)
  • Clem Yates MW (UK national and resident)

Six of the new Masters of Wine also received individual awards for outstanding performance in aspects of the examination.

  • Christy Canterbury MW, The Villa Maria Award (Viticulture)
  • Mary Gorman-McAdams MW, The Viña Errázuriz Award (Business of Wine)
  • Clem Yates MW, The Taransaud Tonnellerie Award (Wine Maturation and Handling)
  • Antony Moss MW, The Robert Mondavi Winery Award (Overall Theory)
  • Sam Caporn MW, The Madame Bollinger Medal (Tasting)
  • Caro Maurer MW, The Noval Award (Dissertation)
  • Antony Moss MW, Institute of Masters of Wine Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by the Austrian Wine Marketing Board

Lynne Sherriff MW, Chairman of the Institute, said: “The Institute is delighted to welcome the 13 new Masters of Wine to the Institute and to recognise individual achievement in the annual examination with this evening’s awards.”

There are currently 299 Masters of Wine based in 23 different countries around the world.