The 2022 Taylor’s Port Golden Vines® Diversity Scholarships Open to Applicants
The Taylor’s Port Golden Vines® Diversity Scholarship, Internship & Mentorship Programme is for aspiring black and ethnic minority students wishing to undertake the Masters of Wine (MW) and Master Sommelier (MS) programmes – open to candidates from all over the world. These scholarships, worth up to £55,000 for each scholar, will cover the entirety of their course and examination costs, as well as loss of earnings during their work placement internships.
The 2022 Taylor’s Port Golden Vines® Diversity Scholarships are now open and applicants can apply online at: https://liquidicons.com/work/the-taylors-port-golden-vines-diversity-scholarships.
The application window is open until Friday 8 April 2022.
The Internship programme includes a set of diversified work experiences with some of the world’s top wine domaines and spirit distilleries: Bodega Catena Zapata, Castiglion del Bosco, Château Cheval Blanc, Château d’Yquem, Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte, Lapostolle Clos Apalta, Colgin Cellars, Dom Pérignon, Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux, Domaine Baron Thénard, Domaine des Lambrays, Domaine Laroche, Klein Constantia, Lawrence Wine Estates (Heitz Cellars, Stony Hill Vineyard, Ink Grade Estate and Burgess Cellars), Liber Pater, Marchesi Antinori, Opus One, Ruinart, Symington Family Estates, Taylor’s Port, The Macallan Distillery, Vilafonté, Vina Vik, Weingut Egon Müller. In addition, Amorim Cork, Annabel’s Private Members Club, the Kedge Wine School, Octavian Wine Vaults, the OIV, UC Davis Department of Enology & Viticulture, and the WOW Wine School (Porto) will also provide academic courses or work experience opportunities for the winning scholars.
Adrian Bridge, Managing Director of Taylor Fladgate Port, added: “The Golden Vines® Awards fundraising programme, which launched in 2021 to honour the legacy of Gérard Basset, is a remarkable programme with global reach. It shows how the wine industry can take an important leadership role in many areas, but particularly around diversity & inclusivity. Taylor’s Port is a proud sponsor of the Golden Vines® Diversity Scholarships which we are delighted to see is uniting the entire global wine industry around this worthy cause.”
The judging panel for the 2022 scholarships includes Angela Scott, the 2021 Taylor’s Port Golden Vines® Diversity Scholarship winner, Nina Basset FIH, Rajat Parr (Sandhi Wines), Clement Robert MS (The Birley Clubs / Annabel’s) and, head judge, Jancis Robinson OBE MW. The judges will also provide ongoing mentorship to The Golden Vines® Diversity Scholars during their academic journey.
The winners of The Taylor’s Port Golden Vines® Diversity Scholarships will receive their awards at The 2022 Golden Vines® Awards Ceremony to be held in Florence, Italy from Friday 14 until Monday 17 October 2022. At the ceremony, The Golden Vines® Awards will be awarded to the world’s best fine wine producers as voted by leading members of the global fine wine industry in the Gérard Basset Global Fine Wine Report produced by Liquid Icons, with polling opening on 7 March 2021.