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Future wine leaders awarded national fellowship

Two of Australia’s up and coming wine experts were awarded the prestigious 2014 Working with Wine Fellowship at a black tie dinner at Yalumba Tuesday night.

Brent Williamson from The Wine Emporium in Queensland and David Manning from Negociants Australia in Victoria were named the winners of the biennial education program.

Established by Negociants Australia in 1998 to encourage wine education, the Working with Wine Fellowship program is open to wine trade and employees of distributors Negociants Australia and Samuel Smith & Son.

The nine-month program includes an initial entry examination, followed by two workshops and examinations.

Williamson and Manning will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Europe to visit some of the wine world's most celebrated producers, including Antinori, Isole E Olena, Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Domaine Leflaive, Domaine Dujac, Domaine Faiveley, GAJA, Guigal, Hugel and Tenuta San Guido.

“This is a program of real substance; it is admired not only in this country but around the world,” said Nick Ryan, a Working with Wine panelist .

“To take 70 people from each city and put them through this exercise is quite phenomenal. It’s a new generation coming through the program and they’re more engaged than ever, with a thirst for this kind of information.”

Williamson credited Working with Wine for expanding the participants’ ability to discuss Australian wine on a world scale.

“Everyone can now confidently position Australian wine next to its peers, which are the best wines of the world,” he said.

Upon accepting his trophy, Manning also took the opportunity to confirm Australia is producing wines that compete on the world stage.

“We are making world class wine; and people around the world will stand up and take notice,” he said.

In addition to the two fellowships, Scott Estrich from Sails Restaurant Noosa was awarded the Working with Wine Fellowship wine writing award.

Estrich received a $1000 book voucher and will have his wine essay published in the February/March issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine.


New South Wales

Julian Gutierrez (North Sydney Cellars); Andrew Day (Samuel Smith & Son)


Mattia Antonio Cianca (Attica); David Manning (Negociants Australia)


Brent Williamson (The Wine Emporium); Luke Willis (Negociants Australia)

Western Australia

Erin Larkin (Lamont’s Wine Store); Nick Gulin (Negociants Australia)

South Australia

Frank Hannon-Tan (Amalfi Pizzeria Ristorante and Mother Vine); Louis Schofield (East End Cellars); Chris Walsh (Negociants Australia)

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