Call for Aussie entries in £8,000 wine bursary award
Entries open this week for one of the biggest bursary awards in the international trade: the £8,000 Geoffrey Roberts Award.
The award commemorates the life and work of the late Geoffrey Roberts, a pioneering importer of top quality New World wines into the UK. It takes place every two years and is open to anyone internationally who has a genuine commitment to a project or campaign to further the cause of New World wines or wines from emerging regions.
Jonathan Bourne May from The Worshipful Company of Vintners - one of the ancient London livery companies - said: "The Geoffrey Roberts Award is undoubtedly one of the most pioneering bursaries in the UK wine trade and The Vintners Company is proud to be able to help further development of New World and Emerging Region wines.
"The prize used to be held annually but we have decided now to double the amount on offer and hold it every other year and we are expecting a record number of entries. This is an international award and we very much encourage entries from overseas.’’
The Award has been going since 1996 and over the years has helped put wines made from ancient Carignan vines in Chile’s under-appreciated Maule region on the world map, facilitated Professor Roger Corder’s book The Wine Diet, and exposed a young Georgian wine producer to modern winemaking techniques in some of France’s top properties.
The most recent previous winners are:
2016 - Miquel Hudin wrote and published a wine guide to Georgia ‘Georgia. A guide to the Cradle of Wine
2015 - Umay Çeviker assisted two rural vineyards in Turkey, raising awareness of two unknown viticultural areas and grape varieties from Anatolia.
2014 - Peter Csizmadia-Honigh researched and published the first ever book on Indian wines.
The closing date for submissions is September 30, 2018. For full details on how to enter, go to www.geoffreyrobertsaward.com
Pictured main: 2016 winner Miquel Hudin.