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Young Winemaker of the Year nominations open

Young winemakers from across Australia and New Zealand are being asked to nominate themselves or a colleague for the ninth annual Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year awards.

The Wine Society, Australia’s largest and oldest independent wine club, created the award to recognise and reward the efforts of winemakers under the age of 30 who are primarily responsible for the creation of wine.

Now in its ninth year, the Young Winemaker of the Year award attracts impressive entries from both Australia and New Zealand’s top wineries.

Last year’s winner, Usher Tinkler from Pooles Rock, explains what the award means to him: “I have been on an amazing journey since winning young winemaker last year. It seems like everywhere I go, people know who I am and congratulate me on my achievement.

“As well as helping to increase my profile, the award has meant a lot to my company, Pooles Rock, and has really helped to boost business.

“I never realised when I entered that this would have such a huge impact on me and that the award was so pivotal to the wine industry here and in New Zealand.”

In addition to the Young Winemaker title, there will also be an award for the Members’ Choice and the Sommeliers’ Choice, an award that was introduced for the first time last year.

Nominations close on 31 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 3 November.

For more information visit www.winesociety.com.au

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