“I am thrilled,” Emma says. “I am sure the AWAC course will push my knowledge of wine assessment to new heights.
“Receiving support by way of a scholarship is greatly appreciated.
“Thank you to the ASVO board for selecting me amongst the many deserving applicants.”
Emma is general manager of Collector Wines and also runs her own business, Pique-Nique, which offers wine appreciation classes and events to encourage consumers to develop their understanding of wine and their appreciation of Canberra wines.
She also volunteers her time with industry associations across the broader region and is close to completing a Bachelor of Wine Science at Charles Sturt University.
ASVO president Andy Clarke says, “We congratulate Emma Shaw as the 2023 recipient of the ASVO’s AWAC scholarship.
“Emma was an outstanding applicant for the scholarship, with her very clear passion for teaching others how to appreciate wine.
“The ASVO exists to foster excellence in viticulture and oenology, and a key element of this is to encourage and facilitate education to the highest standard.
“The AWAC scholarship covers the fees for one ASVO member each year to receive this formal education in wine tasting which will not only further the recipient’s career but also contributes to excellence in the Australian wine industry.”
The Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) was founded in 1992 by the Australian Wine Research Institute.
It is an intensive four-day course designed to provide training to potential new wine show judges by developing the sensory analysis capabilities and vocabulary of Australian wine industry personnel at an elite level.
The scholarship covers the course fee which is $5,390 in 2023.