The Vintners Company – Vintners Hall

The Vintners' UK Wine Apprentice Award


The purpose of this award is to enable an aspiring winemaker in a UK winery to have the opportunity to learn about winemaking. The winner will have the opportunity to undertake the Principles of Wine Growing and the Principles of Wine Making courses at Plumpton College in Sussex over a two year period (7 modules per annum). 

About the Award

The applicant must be employed by the winery and therefore permitted to take the time off to attend Plumpton College courses on a module basis to learn about every aspect of winemaking.  The Vintners’ Company will pay for the cost of the courses plus reasonable travel and accommodation costs.  The winner will also be able to study for the WSET Level 3 qualification, sponsored by the WSET.

Applicants should be under the age of 30, and be ready to commit to a long-term career in the wine industry. 

How to Apply

  • Applicants are required to provide a brief CV together with a brief statement (of no more than 1,000 words) outlining the reasons why they would like to become a winemaker apprentice and what they would hope to gain from the experience
  • The applicant is also required to submit a referee statement from their employer which clearly supports the their application 

Application Form

  • Applications for this award may only be submitted using the form below. 
  • The uploaded attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

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Entry for this award is now closed for this year.