update 4th July 2012:
Congratulations Bree Boskov on her award to be an Assosciate Judge at the Victorian Wine Show 2012.
27th June, 2012 update:
Karina Dambergs wins dux title of the 2012 Lorenzo Galli Wine Scholarship
After an intense two-day masterclass held at Galli Estate Winery in Plumpton, Karina Dambergs, group sparkling winemaker, Clover Hill Wines and operations manager, Taltarni Vineyards from Tasmania was awarded the dux of the 2012 Lorenzo Galli wine Scholarship on Tuesday 19 June. The talented dux won the event by acing two days worth of challenges including a blind tasting almost 100 wines and a written exam. The dux not only won bragging rights but also a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Italy valued at $10,000 to experience the country’s wine regions and producers.
Pamela Galli, founder of Galli Estate Winery and patron of the scholarship, personally donated the prize to the dux. The fierce competition was held at Galli Estate Winery in Plumpton (VIC) where nine other hopefuls* battled for the title. Judges Jane Faulkner (wine writer and judge), Michael Trembath (Italian premium wine importer) and Dan Sims (wine consultant) congratulated Karina on winning the distinguished title.
“There were ten wonderful, bright and engaging scholars this year but as always, only one can be dux. Karina impressed us with her ability to navigate through complex wine styles and varieties with succinct commentary and discussion along the way. She was a pleasure to have in the masterclass and clearly enjoyed the experience,” said Jane.
Karina was amazed and honoured to be this year’s dux. “After my friend, Kym Ludvigsen, told me to get off my butt and have a go, I applied for the Lorenzo Galli Wine Scholarship because I wanted to try some fantastic wines. I would like to thank Pamela Galli and her team for their time and generosity. We are rapidly becoming aware of the suitability of Italian grapes to the Mediterranean climates of Australia, but being Tasmanian, I look forward to using this prize to visit some of Italy's cooler climate regions and sharing this knowledge with the local industry,” said Karina.
Scott Cosgriff, solicitor and student in Masters of Wine Technology & Viticulture - University of Melbourne from New South Wales was bestowed the ‘The Writers Award’ for the most outstanding essay and was presented with a selection of wine and food titles from Hardie Grant books.
Unbeknownst to John Portelli of Enoteca Sileno, Carlton, the ‘Enoteca Sileno Award’ - an encouragement award comprising a $1,000 at-cost wine voucher to spend at Enoteca Sileno – was awarded to Krystina Menegazzo, one of his own staff members! Each scholar also received a gift of etched Schott Zweisel glassware, a bottle of Galli Estate wine and a certificate to commemorate their achievement.
The scholars in the 2012 program were taught by some of the leading specialists in the Italian and Australian wine industry. Joining the judging panel to facilitate the program were Sandro Mosele (winemaker, Port Phillip Estate and Kooyong), Kevin McCarthy (winemarker, T’Gallant), Mark Walpole (viticulturist and co-owner, Greenstone) and Ben Ranken (senior winemaker, Galli Estate Winery).
To lodge an interest in the 2013 program contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
30th January, 2012 update:
Please be advised that registration for the 2012 scholarship will open from 1st february, 2012 and will close on 9th March at 5.00pm
30th May 2011
The Lorenzo Galli Wine Scholarship committee have been busy creating a show-stopping program for 2012. We would also like to notify you of some changes: registration will now open in early 2012 (as apposed to mid 2011) and the masterclass will take place in mid 2012. To be notified when registration opens for the 2012 program, please email your contact details to: email@example.com