The Young Wine Writer Award has been sponsored since 2007 by Pavilion Books – the publishers of Oz Clarke and Michael Broadbent, in association with The Circle of Wine Writers and Wine Australia. The aim of the award is to help develop promising young wine writers.
Fiona Holman of Pavilion Books said:
“This award aims to encourage new writing talent within the world of wine and to provide a real opportunity for some inspiring travel around vineyards and wineries across the globe. We are looking for wine writing potential rather than extensive knowledge or experience.”
The award is open to anyone aged 30 or under who is based in the UK. Applicants should not yet have had a wine book published nor yet be an established wine columnist or regular contributor to a magazine. We are looking for wine writing potential and commitment to popular consumer wine-writing rather than extensive knowledge or experience.
The award currently enjoys two major prizes. The first prize is a cheque for £1,000, sponsored by Pavilion Books to enable the winner to travel to a wine region of his or her choice to gain firsthand experience and to develop a book or article based on that experience. The second prize is a 14-day trip all expenses-paid to the wine regions of Australia courtesy of Wine Australia. The trip will include a tour of the key winegrowing areas, opportunities to meet the growers themselves and one-on-one tastings with leading producers. You will also get the chance to write articles about the trip for the Wine Australia website. (Terms and conditions apply)