2023 WAYNE THOMAS SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: ASHLEIGH SEYMOUR
In conjunction with the McLaren Vale Wine Show Chair of Judges Andrew Thomas, McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Associatio is pleased to announce Ashleigh Seymour from Paxton Wines as the 2023 recipient of the Wayne Thomas Scholarship.
The volume and calibre of applications this year was exceptional, and the diversity of applicants spanned the full spectrum of McLaren Vale's grape, wine and tourism sectors. The combined experience of all applicants highlighted decades of tasting experience and global qualifications from our region's leading winemakers and tasting room managers.
Congratulations Ashleigh, and sincere thanks to all applicants, we wish you all the best in further pursuing your wine judging education.
ABOUT THE WAYNE THOMAS SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship aims to foster judging talent from McLaren Vale, and the successful applicant will receive:
- Fully funded scholarship to attend the Australian Wine Research Institute’s Advanced Wine Assessment Course valued at $4,900, and
- An invitation to judge as an Associate Judge at the McLaren Vale Wine Show.
The scholarship is designed for staff of all Association Members, including (but not limited to) cellar door staff, winemakers, viticulturists and marketing personnel.
Applications for the 2024 Wayne Thomas Scholarship open in August 2023.