Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Association is proud to launch its inaugural annual writing scholarship with
the aim of supporting emerging local talent and developing independent wine writing & communication.
“Behind every great wine is a story. It starts way back with the geology of deep rivers under gravely soil,
follows the early wine growers whose vision pushed deep-rooted vines into the earth and lives on
through the history of the people who tend the vineyards through the years. It runs through the whanau
that support the winegrowers, from generational passion to passionate seasonal workers. It’s a story of
the alchemy that turns fruit into wine. Stories about wine-growing are a rich topic, and they fertilize our
Hawke’s Bay terroir.” commented Cristina Sanders, award-winning writer and best-selling author.
The scholarship will be for a duration of 12 months, starting each February when vintage commences in
Hawke’s Bay and the industry buzzes. It includes a cash stipend for the recipient, along with access to
industry events during the year & mentoring by our local industry professionals with behind-the-scenes
introductions to the Hawke’s Bay wine growing scene.
Sally Duncan, Chairperson for HBWG said “We hope to foster & motivate new writers for the industry
and create a voice for our story”. Inspired by the late Raymond Chan, a highly respected wine advisor
on the New Zealand wine scene. Raymond believed in the importance of communication and education
as the basis for healthy, moderate, and informed consumption of wine.
The scholarship selection panel is comprised of Daniel Brennan (winemaker & owner of Decibel
Wines), Cristina Sanders (award-winning writer and best-selling author), Holly Russel (winemaker & co-
owner of Three Fates Wines) and Michael Henley MW (Board member for Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers &
New Zealand Winegrowers).
Full details of the programme and how to apply can be found on the Hawke’s Bay Wine website –
www.hawkesbaywine.co.nz . This year’s applications must be received by 5pm on 15th January 2022.
The successful applicant will be notified by 1st February 2022.