A young man with an impressive resume has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Sydney Royal Wine Study Scholarship.
29 year old Tim Dexter is studying a Graduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology at the University of Adelaide.
Originally from the Mornington Peninsula, Dexter was surrounded by vineyards and wineries from a young age.
Dexter has a very well-rounded knowledge of the Australian Wine Industry, having worked at both premium boutique establishments and larger, higher volume producers.
He hopes to further develop his skills and knowledge of winemaking with the eventual goal of becoming a head winemaker.
As part of his scholarship process, Dexter will volunteer as a steward at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show next July and is keen to absorb as much industry knowledge as he can.
“The chance to contribute to, and learn from, the Sydney Royal Wine Show is particularly exciting, and will no doubt be a rewarding exercise”
“I’m absolutely over the moon to be awarded the Sydney Royal Wine Study Scholarship.
“I look forward to applying the scholarship towards furthering my involvement in the Australian wine industry and, by association, furthering my education.
“It’ll contribute towards my long-term goal of becoming a leading winemaker here in Australia.
“The chance to contribute to, and learn from, the Sydney Royal Wine Show is particularly exciting, and will no doubt be a rewarding exercise,” Dexter said.
He will receive $6000 to put towards his university expenses.
This scholarship initiative has been made possible through the sale of excess wine from the previous year’s KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show, which is conducted annually, with the specific purpose of raising funds to support the Australian Wine industry through grants and scholarships.
A Wine Assessment Scholarship is also made available each year by the Sydney Royal Wine Committee, offering the successful candidate the opportunity to attend the Australian Wine Research Institute’s prestigious Wine Assessment Course (AWAC).
Chair of the Sydney Royal Wine Committee, Sally Evans, congratulated Dexter on his award.
“Having grown up around the wine industry all my life I can totally understand a young person’s passion for everything Wine,” Evans said.
“Tim who was among numerous very strong candidates for this scholarship.
“We all hope to see Tim with his very own successful Australian winery one day in the future,” she said.