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Working with Wine Returns in 2024

After an unexpected hiatus, the finest wine trade educational program in the country returns in 2024.

The Working with Wine Fellowship is again offering 160 of Australia’s most promising future wine professionals the opportunity to advance their wine education by participating in the 2024 Working with Wine Fellowship.

Registrations have now closed 

Entrance Exam Wines

We have had over 500 participants register and sit our entrance exam on February 20th over seven cities. We can now reveal the wines which were tasted blind during the exam:

Poured Left to Right

  1. 2015 Champagne Pol Roger Brut Blanc de Blancs

  2. 2018 Poderi Aldo Conterno Barolo DOCG

  3. 2021 Paolo Scavino Langhe Nebbiolo DOC

Exams will be marked and you will be contacted via email in approximately two weeks to find out if you have made it into the program.


Ken Withers - General Manager, Negociants Australia

Negociants Australia is one of the country’s leading fine wine distributors with a vast international portfolio of quality wines. Believing that education is the key to the future success of the Australian wine industry, Negociants Australia in 1998 introduced the Working with Wine Fellowship to encourage the new generation of Australian wine professionals.

The Working with Wine Fellowship is run every third year, and offers Australia’s most promising future wine professionals the opportunity to advance their wine education by participating, free-of-charge, in the Working with Wine Education Program. The Working with Wine Education Program comprises two educational seminars, presented by leading industry figures, and with a panel of experts to add to the experience.

At the end of the Education Program year, a national winner will be chosen from the 160 participants. He/she will receive a fully-paid trip to Europe, to visit some of the world’s most celebrated vineyards and wineries, which may include; Antinori, Vieux Télégraphe, Château Pétrus, Domaine Leflaive, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Dujac, Domaine Faiveley, Paolo Scavino, Guigal, Famille Hugel and Sassicaia. The national winner will return as a Working with Wine Fellow and will be eligible to attend all future Working with Wine seminars.

"It is our aim, that by the end of the program year, participants will understand a lot more about wine, motivating them to work towards maintaining the momentum our quality wine and food culture has achieved over the last decade and thereby ensuring the future success of the Australian wine industry."


“This is a program of real substance; it is admired not only in this country but around the world.”     

Nick Ryan

Sponsored by wine brands across the world

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Robert Hill Smith, Chairman, Hill-Smith Family Estates

“Working with Wine is an aspirational initiative which has reached deep into the wine fraternity and inspired so many whom are part of the wine trade and service industry at all levels...”
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