Travel Scholarship – Winner Announced

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2019 Wine Show Travel Scholarship Winner Announced

A Heathcote region winemaker with a passion for climate adaption and clonal diversity in Sangiovese has been awarded an International Travel Scholarship at the 2019 Victorian Wine Show.

Madeleine Marson, assistant winemaker at small family-run Heathcote winery, Vinea Marson, was awarded the scholarship at the recent Victorian Wine Show presentation ceremony held at Mitchelton Winery in Nagambie.

“I am delighted to receive this year’s Travel Scholarship and explore Sangiovese in more depth,” said Madeleine following the announcement. “As the flagship red wine with some twelve clones planted in our sotto & sopra vineyards at the foot of the Mount Camel Range, it is a variety I derive a great degree of enjoyment from working with from the vine to the bottle.”

Madeleine’s application to the judging panel detailed her desire to visit Tuscany in Italy in August 2020 to focus on Sangiovese grape varieties and climate practices.

“As a key variety in the Heathcote wine region’s evolution and embrace of Mediterranean and alternative varieties over the past twenty years, its potential in a variety of Australian wine regions in addressing the challenges of our changing climate is evident,” said Madeleine.

“With the support of the travel scholarship I will explore the potential of alternative varieties in meeting the viticultural and winemaking challenges of our changing environment.”

The Travel Scholarship was launched in 2017 as an initiative of the Victorian Wine Show Committee with funding assistance from the State Government’s Wine Growth Fund.

The aim of the Scholarship is to help build knowledge for the Victorian Wine Industry.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for professional development on a personal level for the recipient,” said Victorian Wine Show Director Robert Paul.  “The scholarship continues to benefit the Victorian wine industry as a whole, as, the winner will report back to the industry at large and share the knowledge they gain.”

For Madeleine Marson, the scholarship is a dream come true. “I’m grateful for this opportunity provided by the Victorian Wine Show with funding from the Victorian Government’s Wine Growth Fund and buoyed by their commitment to fostering the careers of young winemakers. I look forward to reporting my findings.”

For more details about the Victorian Wine Show Travel Scholarship contact

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