New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship Applications – UK

Applications for the UK have now closed

Applications for UK-based sommeliers opened following the ‘Somewhat Sommit’ event in London on Monday 13 May 2024, and closed on Sunday 7 June 2024. The successful applicant will be contacted in June.

Applicants must be: 
  • A working sommelier*
  • Able to travel to New Zealand from 7 February 2025 to 22 February 2025
  • In attendance at the Somewhat Sommit in London on Monday 13 May 2025

The scholarship includes:
  • Attendance at the Sommit™ in Gisborne (17-18 February 2025)
  • Attendance at Pinot Noir New Zealand 2025 in Christchurch (11-13 February 2025)
  • Wine experiences and tastings in regions across New Zealand
  • International and domestic flights, accommodation, meals, transfers, event registrations and all event inclusions

For any queries with regard to the scholarship available from the UK, please contact New Zealand Winegrowers Europe Market Manager, Chris Stroud –

*For the purpose of this scholarship and Sommit™, a working sommelier is defined as:

  • A person with contribution to/responsibility for/management of on-premise wine lists, either at their place of employment or on a consultant basis and/or
  • A person who works the floor as a sommelier
  • Having roles in other areas of the wine trade or media is acceptable
  • There is one scholarship available from the UK
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