A major objective of the ASVO is to promote education in viticulture and oenology and help ensure and maintain the highest standards of quality for such educational objectives. One area of interest is the ongoing development of advanced sensory skills. These sensory skills may be used by ASVO members in their current employment or for the purpose of becoming a future wine show judge. Ultimately, by furthering their sensory education they will be able to contribute to the wider wine industry.

ASVO Advanced Wine Assessment Course Scholarship

The Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) Scholarship is designed to support applicants who have the potential to become wine show judges to develop the sensory analysis capabilities and the vocabulary to judge wine in Australian at an elite level.
All AWAC are held at the Australian Wine Research Institute in Adelaide. AWAC is an intensive four-day course which includes approximately 40 hours of activities, with leading wine show judges, journalists and winemakers assisting in the presentation of the course

 2022 Scholarship Recipient

Leah Mottin, Domaine Chandon Australia

Leah has successfully completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Technologies and a Masters in Viticulture and Oenology, Charles Sturt University. In 2021, she was the recipient of a Mentorship Scholarship orchestrated by the Australian Woman in Wine Awards; a project introduced to promote career development in the industry.  Leah has contributed to the industry through her involvement with the Perricoota Grape Growers Association as a committee member, and the Frankston Winemakers Guild as the Newsletter Editor.

She has developed a diverse skillset and knowledge through her international winemaking experience in California and England, and domestically working in the Alpine Valley, Perricoota region, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley.

Eligible entries

To be eligible for the ASVO AWAC Scholarship entrants must

  • Have been an ASVO member for a minimum of 12 Months.
  • Be financial ASVO members at the date of the submission.
  • Members may self-nominate or be nominated by a third party.

Key dates

    Entries open: 1 March 2023
    Entries close: 30 April 2023

Making a submission

Submissions will only be considered if they are submitted either online or by email on the downloaded application form to: asvo@asvo.com.au.

We recommend that you download the application first, before completing it online.


Download Entry information here

Submit application here

Terms of scholarship

The scholarship provides 100% of course fees to attend the AWRI AWAC.
Scholarship recipients must attend the allocated placement at the AWRI AWAC.
The scholarship recipient will be required to cover the cost of travel and accommodation associated with their attendance at the four day course in Adelaide.

Entry receipt and the subsequent judging process

The scholarship recipient will be selected by panels of independent judges.
The scholarship recipient may be asked to provide further PR material including a relevant video, footage or high resolution imagery for use in public relations activities.
The scholarship recipient will be announced at the ASVO Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner. The annual awards ceremony celebrate excellence across the grape and wine sector honouring outstanding winemakers, viticulturists, researchers and students involved in the development of novel and significant innovation, practice or publication.

Registration for the AWAC

Entrants may register for the Advanced Wine Assessment Course by entering into the ballot for any AWAC courses held. However gaining a placement through the AWRI process does not make the entrant eligible for the ASVO scholarship.
Entrants who are unsuccessful at receiving the ASVO scholarship are not excluded from the AWRI process. Visit http://www.awri.com.au/industry_support/courses-seminars-workshops/awac/ for more information.