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Gérard Basset Foundation launches wine scholarships for victims of war

Wine professionals who are victims of war and geopolitical conflict are now able to apply for new wine scholarships to help them get back on their chosen career path.

The Gérard Basset Foundation has partnered with Artémis Domaines to offer The Golden Vines Victims of Conflict Scholarships.

Artémis Domaines is the owner of famed estates Château Latour (Bordeaux), Clos de Tart (Burgundy), Domaine d’Eugénie (Burgundy), Château Grillet (Rhône) and Eisele Vineyard (California).

The scholarships will ‘support qualified wine industry professionals who are victims of war and geopolitical conflict’, said the group.

Successful scholars will be offered six months of viticultural and vinicultural training at Artémis Domaines’ prestigious estates.

There are five scholarship places on offer, each worth up to £17,000/$21,500. These will be funded by both Artémis Domaines and the Gérard Basset Foundation in partnership with Liquid Icons, the publishing and research company co-founded by the late sommelier.

Read about other wine scholarships offered by the Gérard Basset Foundation

victims of conflict scholarships

The judging panel for the scholarship applications will include Ian Harris MBE DipWSET, Hélène Génin (technical director at Château Latour) and Jean Garandeau (Artémis Domaines).

Who can apply for the victims of conflict scholarships?

According to the scholarship application website, applicants:

  • will be a wine professional who has been affected by a geopolitical conflict
  • can be located anywhere in the world
  • must already be working in the wine industry with appropriate qualifications including, but not limited to, the advanced technician diploma in viticulture/oenology
  • will have previous experience working in a vineyard or winery
  • will have conversational level French and English

Frédéric Engerer, CEO at Artémis Domaines, said ‘we are delighted to partner with the Gérard Basset Foundation and Liquid Icons to help our fellow industry colleagues whose lives and livelihoods have been so devastated, by giving them an opportunity to get back on their feet and benefit from the incredible learning opportunities that they will have at the great estates that we are fortunate enough to own and manage.’

Applications are now open. The application window closes on 4 July 2022.

The Gérard Basset Foundation was set up in honour of the late, world-renowned sommelier Gérard Basset OBE MW MS, to address the wine industry’s most pressing issues through education, training & mentorship.

The Gérard Basset Foundation and Liquid Icons have previously launched a number of other scholarships aimed at improving diversity in the wine industry.

Golden Vines Awards

The Golden Vines Awards will be held in Florence from 14-17 October 2022. The prestigious charity auction includes some of the finest wines in the world, Michelin-starred dining, plus music from the likes of Celeste – who has received accolades such as the Brit’s Rising Star Award 2020 and the BBC’s Introducing Artist of the Year 2019 – and Sekou Sylla – a musician who has performed on BBC Music’s Introducing stage at Glastonbury.

Tickets for the event start at £6,000 and the stated aim is to raise over £1.2 million to finance various wine programs and scholarships, including the Victims of Conflict Scholarships.

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