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. 

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

Return travel to Mildura from Wednesday 8 November to Sunday 12 November 2023
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 9 November
  • AAVWS feature Dinner – Thursday 9 November
  • Visit to AAVWS show judging venue for trophy judging – Friday 10 November
  • Tour of Italian variety vineyard – Friday 10 November
  • AAVWS Talk and Taste – Friday 10 November
  • AAVWS Show Tasting – Saturday 11 November
  • AAVWS Awards Long Lunch – Saturday 11 November

* The successful recipient will be expected to provide a brief post show report, or published article on the fellowship, to be lodged on this page.

2023 AAVWS Fellowship Application

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, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter contacts.

Open to applicants anywhere in Australia.  If you apply you must be available to travel to Mildura on the evening of Wednesday 2nd very early morning of Thursday 3rd November returning home on Sunday 6th November.

Please email your one page* pdf application to info@aavws.com by close of business on Friday 26th August 2022

*This is 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.


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.


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.”