The IWSC has awarded two Master of Wine students each with a £5,000 scholarship to use towards their studies. Jane Dunkley and Gaston Guibert are the recipients of the coveted award.
Students were asked to write an article that acts as a ‘love letter to wine’. Whilst the IWSC were greatly impressed by the entries they received, Jane and Gaston’s stood out as exemplary. As part of their award, they will see their articles published in Club Oenologique, the sister magazine of the IWSC.
Originating from South-Western Australia, Jane Dunkley got her start in the wine industry as a teenager and never looked back. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Wine Science from Charles Sturt University and is a stage two Master of Wine candidate, winning the Commanderie de Bordeaux USA Scholarship for exceptional performance in the stage one exam in 2021.
Gaston Guibert is a native San Franciscan and product of the Portland, Oregon wine community. His wine journey began with an inspiring walk and talk in the vines with Aimé Guibert at Mas de Daumas Gassac in 2012, and has taken him through stages in distribution sales, fine wine retail, production, and the Master of Wine programme.
Christelle Guibert, CEO Fine Wine & Spirits at the Conversion Group, commented: “At the IWSC, we are proud to announce our continued commitment to fostering excellence and education within the wine industry. We understand the significance of supporting the next generation of Master of Wine (MW) students, and it is with great pleasure that we provide financial bursaries and scholarships to aid them in their pursuit of knowledge.”
Sarah Harrison, IMW head of operations, added: “We are hugely grateful to the IWSC for their generosity and we know that these funds will make a real difference to their journey towards becoming an MW. This year’s essay topic provided students with the opportunity to reflect on what wine means to them, resulting in some truly special entries.”