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Nominations open for young winemaker title

Australia’s young winemakers are set to do battle with their New Zealand counterparts as The Wine Society welcomes nominations, for the first time, from across the Tasman for The Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year Award 2007.

The Wine Society, Australia’s largest and oldest independent wine club, launched the award six years ago and now attracts impressive entries from Australia’s best wine companies, both large and small. It is open to all Australian, and now New Zealand, winemakers under 30, who are primarily responsible for the creation of the wine.

The aim of the award is to recognise the importance and best efforts of young people in the wine industry and distinguish themselves as the winemakers of the future.

Emma Wood of Seppelt Great Western, last year’s Young Winemaker of the Year, explains: “Last year’s award certainly helped to raise my profile within the wine industry and it has been wonderful to get recognition for the wines I make.

“Through these types of awards, it is getting easier for younger people to progress in the wine industry and we are gradually being seen as being marketable. As a younger generation, we are very passionate about what we do and about striving to achieve our goals.”

Justin Coates of Step Rd Winery in South Australia, winner of last year’s Members’ Choice award, adds: “The Young Winemaker of the Year competition is a great chance for young people, like me, to gain recognition within what is a very competitive industry. I am lucky to work with a company that has a lot of opportunities for younger staff, but not everyone is so fortunate.

“This award provides what is essentially the new generation of winemakers with an opportunity to showcase what they can do and achieve. It’s also great for meeting other winemakers, young and old, to learn from and see what they are producing.”

Nominations close on 31st August and the top 10 finalists will be notified by mid-September. The winner will then be announced at the awards dinner at the Westin Hotel in Sydney on 3rd November.

For more information visit http://www.winesociety.com.au

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