New Zealand Wine Sommelier Scholarship Applications – USA

Applications for US-based sommeliers are now open, closing Monday, June 24, 2024

Applicants must be:
  • A working sommelier* based in New York or Los Angeles, the target cities for this year's intake
  • Able to travel to New Zealand from 7 February 2025 to 22 February 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

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in early July.

For any queries with regard to the scholarships available from the USA, please contact New Zealand Winegrowers USA Market Manager, Ranit Librach –

*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 are two scholarships available from the US
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