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.

ASVO is proud to continue to offer scholarships each year. The scholarship program aims to foster and promote continuing training and professional development for ASVO members. There are two funded scholarships available one to attend the Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) and the other to attend the Advanced Viticulture Course (AVC) run by the AWRI.

Scholarship to attend the Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC)

The Advanced Wine Assessment Course (AWAC) Scholarship is an initiative of the ASVO with support from the Australian Wine Research institute (AWRI).
The 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

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Scholarship to attend the Advanced Viticulture Course (AVC)

The AVC is an intensive four-day course on the latest techniques and technologies in viticulture. Participants will travel in a small group across a number of SA regions to visit sites and meet practitioners who are at the cutting-edge of Australian viticulture.

The course is aimed at practising viticulturists with an interest in innovation and is limited to a maximum of 25 participants to ensure an intensive and interactive learning experience.

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Eligible Entries

  • 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.


  • Entries open: 1 March 2023
  • Entries close: 30 April 2023
  • AWAC Course AWAC 58 (date TBC)
  • AVC Course October 2023

Terms of scholarship

  1. The scholarship provides 100% of course fees to attend the AWRI courses.
  2. Scholarship recipients must attend the allocated placement.
  3. The scholarship recipient will be required to cover the cost of travel and accommodation associated with their attendance 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.