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Daylesford Wine Show looks to NMIT for future wine talent

16 Dec 2008

The Daylesford Wine Show committee has, for the first time, awarded a bursary to encourage a talented student studying viticulture or winemaking.

The generous bursary of $1000 was awarded to Ivanhoe's Paul Smith. Paul has just completed the second year of the three-year Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking degree at NMIT.

Paul's award is also the first industry award for this new NMIT degree which commenced in 2006. Students from the first intake for the Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking have just sat their final exams.

Paul thanked the Daylesford Wine Show committee for its support and said that the award was a “surprise and very welcome”. He is looking forward to completing his degree in 2009 and expanding his involvement in the wine industry.

Miranda Jones, secretary of the Daylesford Wine Show said, “The Daylesford Wine Show is now an incorporated association. As such, one of our stated purposes is to support the education of winemakers. Knowing something about NMIT's degree course, it seemed the ideal place to find an outstanding student to be the first recipient of our bursary.”

The Daylesford Wine Show, now in its seventh year, is open to wines from the Macedon Ranges and surrounding wine regions. It allows small volume wine producers the opportunity to have their wines examined under show conditions.

'It is fantastic to have an association with the Daylesford Wine Show, and we really appreciate their willingness to support the next generation of winemakers. Hopefully, following his studies, Paul may be entering one of his own wines in this important regional wine show,” said Alastair Reed, a Senior Lecturer within the NMIT Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking.

The Agriculture and Animal Science department at NMIT's Epping campus also runs wine related short courses, a diploma and traineeships. Further information on NMIT Viticulture and Wine Making courses can be obtained by contacting Alastair Reed on (03) 92691168 or

Attached is an image of (left to right) Wayne Pappin, Associate Director of the NMIT Department of Earth Sciences; Miranda Jones, President of the Daylesford Wine Show and Paul Smith, NMIT Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking student.


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