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Hard work pays off for SA winemaking student

Adelaide local and up-and-coming winemaker, Sam Collins, has been awarded the 2015 Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship.

Collins, 22, a fourth year Viticulture and Oenology student at the University of Adelaide, will receive $5,000 towards his tertiary studies, as well as the opportunity to steward at the 2015 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show in February.

Collins said the scholarship provides him with the chance to expand his knowledge of Australian winemaking while gaining industry experience outside of his studies.

“The University of Adelaide has long offered one of the best winemaking degrees in the world, and completing it will give me a significant step-up in the industry. My goal is to be associated with the top echelon of Australian winemaking, and through study I can equip myself with the best and latest technical expertise to be able to make the most informed winemaking decisions,” Collins said.

“I am a passionate advocate for the Australian wine industry, and aspire one day of enrolling in the celebrated Institute of Masters of Wine program.”

Lyndey Milan OAM, Sydney Royal Wine Show Committee Chair, commended Collins for his tenacity, hard work and dedication to learning the art of winemaking.

“It’s wonderful to be able to offer the opportunity of stewarding at the Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show to Mr Collins. This will provide him with an insight into the judging of wines from across Australia, and the chance to network and learn from industry experts, including international judge, Jane Parkinson,” Milan said.

RAS Foundation Executive Officer, Kate Ross said the partnership between the Foundation and the Sydney Royal Wine Committee helps foster the industry at the grassroots level.

“This scholarship was created to assist in the development of Australia’s next generation of wine industry leaders. Mr Collins is a very worthy recipient and we look forward to seeing him continue to develop his passion and skills as he completes his studies,” Ross said.

The Graham Thorp Memorial Scholarship is a joint initiative of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation and Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show. It was created in honour of the past Chairman Graham Thorp, who presided over the Wine Committee from 1984–1990, and aims to foster the development of Australia’s next generation of wine industry leaders.

The RAS Foundation is a charitable foundation that encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong and sustainable rural and regional communities through a range of targeted community grants and scholarships.

Visit www.rasf.org.au for more information on the RAS Foundation.


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