New Zealand Wine Sommit™

New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship

2017 New Zealand Wine Sommit

New Zealand Winegrowers is proud to launch the 2018 New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship for international and New Zealand sommeliers.

The New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship provides passionate wine ambassadors with the opportunity to take part in a memorable wine experience, discovering the regions, varieties, landscapes and personalities that make New Zealand wine distinctly New Zealand.

“It was truly the most amazing experience I could have ever hoped for and I’ve come home totally enlightened and with a breath of fresh energy.”

Stephen Wong MW, one of your local hosts.

Limited to just 20 sommelier attendees at each, two Sommits™ have been proposed for 2018, one in Nelson and one in Central Otago.

The Sommits™ are attended exclusively by sommeliers and targeted exclusively to their interests.

The events are a celebration of the lesser known aspects of New Zealand wine, with particular emphasis on the facets that resonate with the sommelier community.

Cameron Douglas MS and Stephen Wong MW host the one and a half day Sommits™, adding a New Zealand sommelier voice.

“Without question one of the great sommelier programs offered internationally...spend time travelling the wine regions of New Zealand with fellow sommeliers that come together from all parts of the globe.”

The scholarship includes:

  • attendance at one of the two Sommits™
  • a combination of wine-related activities and tastings in other selected regions, providing not only winemaker interaction, but invaluable networking opportunities with international peers
  • international and domestic flights, accommodation, meals, transfers, event registration and all event inclusions

To apply for the 2018 New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship, select the relevant market below.

PLEASE NOTE: all applicants must be actively working in the hospitality industry, and available for travel for a minimum of one week in New Zealand, including the dates:
1 and 2 February 2018, OR 28 February and 1 March 2018. 

Candidates are expected to have a strong passion for the wine industry and a thirst for knowledge of New Zealand wine as illustrated in their application and curriculum vitae.

“This scholarship is an enlightening experience … Rich in experience, great conversations and a chance at some in depth knowledge that helps us to better understand our neighbours and assess the potential for our own lists and venues."

Sommeliers in Asia - Apply Here

Sommeliers in Australia - Apply Here

Sommeliers in Canada - Apply Here

Sommeliers in New Zealand - Apply Here

Sommeliers in the UK & Ireland - Apply Here

Sommeliers in Europe - Apply Here

Sommeliers in the USA - Apply Here


For any queries with regard to the New Zealand Winegrowers International Sommelier Scholarship and New Zealand Wine Sommit™, please contact Felicity Johnston - New Zealand Winegrowers Global Marketing Executive:

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