Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Association has announced the launch of an inaugural annual writing scholarship with the aim of supporting emerging local talent and developing independent wine writing and communication.
  
The scholarship will be for a duration of 12 months, starting each February when vintage commences in Hawke’s Bay.

It includes a cash stipend for the recipient, along with access to industry events during the year and mentoring by local industry professionals with behind-the-scenes introductions to the Hawke’s Bay wine growing scene.
 
Sally Duncan, Chairperson for HBWG, says: “We hope to foster & motivate new writers for the industry and create a voice for our story.”  

The scholarship is inspired by the late Raymond Chan, a highly respected wine advisor on the New Zealand wine scene, who believed in the importance of communication and education as the basis for healthy, moderate, and informed consumption of wine.
 
The scholarship selection panel is comprised of Daniel Brennan (winemaker & owner of Decibel Wines), Cristina Sanders (award-winning writer and best-selling author), Holly Russel (winemaker & co-owner of Three Fates Wines) and Michael Henley MW (Board member for Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers & New Zealand Winegrowers).
 
Full details of the programme and how to apply can be found on the Hawke’s Bay Wine website – www.hawkesbaywine.co.nz . This year’s applications must be received by 5pm on 15th January 2022. The successful applicant will be notified by 1st February 2022.

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