Do you want to join us in Mildura in November 2023?  

Launched in 2014, the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 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. Next year expression of interest details will be lodged early in 2023.


The AAVWS Fellowship is sponsored by Amsat Oak and in 2022 includes the following:

Return travel to Mildura from Wednesday 2nd November to Sunday 6th November 2022.
Breakfast and dinner each day.
Accommodation at Quality Hotel Mildura Grand Hotel.
Free access to all events including:

  • Tour of region hosted by Mildura Regional Development – Thursday 3 November
  • AAVWS feature Dinner – Thursday 3 November
  • Visit to AAVWS show judging venue for trophy judging – Friday 4 November
  • Tour of Italian variety vineyard – Friday 4 November
  • AAVWS Talk and Taste – Friday 4 November
  • AAVWS Show Tasting – Saturday 5 November
  • AAVWS Awards Long Lunch – Saturday 5 November


2022 AAVWS Fellow – Alexandra Prichard

Read about Alex 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.


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.”