The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

The Family of Twelve awards exclusive scholarship

Christine Marsiglio

New Zealand’s Family of Twelve has awarded ‘The Family of Twelve Scholarship’ to Stage 2 MW student Christine Marsiglio.

Christine, a Tastings Executive at Decanter Magazine, will travel to New Zealand for a 12-day exclusive tour of the Family of Twelve properties throughout the major wine-growing regions, including special tastings and discussion with their principals and winemakers.

The Scholarship was open for entry to all students on the MW Study Programme by submitting an essay titled: “Is it time for real world fine wine, not just old world and new world wine?”.

The Family Scholarship committee felt Christine’s essay was the clear winner and commented on both the clarity of her argument, and also of her commitment to the wine industry and to her own professional development.

“The scholarship offers Christine the unique opportunity to experience the personalities and values of all twelve Family wineries,” says Judy Finn, Chair of New Zealand’s Family of Twelve. “She’ll spend time with winery principals along with our viti and vini people exploring the great diversity of New Zealand’s wine regions and styles.

“Christine’s essay consideration of sustainability and globalisation resonated well as did her highlighting of climate-change as a key challenge for wine producers. We are very excited to be hosting Christine and hope the experience will be mutually beneficial with her learning from us while she contributes to our Family learnings,” she says.

Marsiglio says she is honoured to have won the scholarship. “[I] feel very fortunate to have been given this chance to experience the many facets of New Zealand’s wine scene with the distinguished wineries that make up the Family of Twelve,” she says.