Do you want to join us in Mildura in November 2024?  

The AAVWS Fellowship invites applications from wine professionals and knowledgeable enthusiasts who are excited by the opportunity to explore and celebrate Australia’s alternative varieties and share that new found fervour with their networks and industry groups.

The Fellowship is sponsored by Longview Vineyards and includes the following:

Return travel to Mildura from Wednesday 6th November to Sunday 10th November 2024
Breakfast and dinner each day.
Accommodation at Quality Hotel Mildura Grand Hotel.
Free access to all events including:

  • Tour of region’s highlights – Thursday 7 November
  • AAVWS Feature Dinner – Thursday 7 November
  • Visit to AAVWS show judging venue for trophy judging – Friday 8 November
  • Tour of Italian variety vineyard – Friday 8 November
  • AAVWS Talk and Taste – Friday 8 November
  • AAVWS Show Tasting – Saturday 9 November
  • AAVWS Awards Long Lunch – Saturday 9 November
  • Recovery Breakfast with judges – Sunday 10 November


Please provide a one page* application addressing the following ideas on why you should be selected.

What skills, networks or opportunities do you have to become an ambassador for the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show and what would you hope to get out of the experience?

Let us know why you should be given this fellowship and how you will communicate your experience and your increased knowledge of alternative varieties to your peers upon returning home.

Your application must also include the following information: Full name, mailing address, email address, mobile phone number and where applicable your website URL and social media usernames.

Please email your one page* pdf application to info@aavws.com by close of business on Friday 23rd August 2024


  1. The AAVWS Fellowship, open to applicants anywhere in Australia.
  2. If you apply you must be available to travel to Mildura on the evening of Wednesday 6th or very early morning of Thursday 7th November returning home on Sunday 10th November.
  3. The successful Fellowship recipient will be required to promote their visit to the Show, via social media and other channels, during and after the visit.
  4. The successful Fellowship recipient will be required to provide a blog, or link to a published article about Mildura, the Show and the Fellowship experience, to the Show Manager by 1 February 2025. The work will be published on our website and used to launch and promote the 2025 Fellowship program.

*The application has a strict limit of one A4 page, 400 words or less.  If an application is submitted with multiple pages, only the first page will be assessed.

The successful applicant will be notified before mid September.



2023 AAVWS Fellow – Cassandra Charlick

Read about Cassandra here

Read about Cassandra’s experience here

2022 AAVWS Fellow – Alexandra Prichard

Read about Alex here

Read about Alex’s experience in Mildura here

There was no fellowship awarded in 2020 & 2021 – we don’t need to tell you why!

2019 AAVWS Fellow – Grant Scicluna

Read about Grant here

2018 AAVWS Fellow – Simone Madden-Grey

Read about Simone here

Read about Simone’s experience in Mildura here

2017 AAVWS Fellow – Katie Spain

Read about Katie here

Read about Katie’s experience in Mildura here

2016 AAVWS Fellow – James Scarcebrook

Read about James Here

Read about James’ experience in Mildura here

2015 AAVWS Fellow – Adam Walls

Learn more about Adam Walls here

Read Adam’s Post-Show blog here to see why he gave an A+ to the AAVWS

2014 inaugural AAVWS Fellow – Sarah Limacher

Want to know more? Click here to read all about her.

Want to hear about her experience? Click here to see what she thought about her visit to the AAVWS and Mildura.


Proudly supported by Longview Vineyard.

Changing the World

“The massive impact the AAVWS has had on wine production and consumption in Australia over the last 15 years is now flowing overseas as alternative varieties breathe new life into the UK market and add colour and excitement to the Australian offering.”