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Drayton gift will be used in Burgundy

NEXT September 24-year-old Jacob Wiseman will be off to France’s famed Burgundy Region to boost his drive to become a fully-fledged winemaker.

This great month-long career-building opportunity will happen becauseJacob was recently awarded the 2016 Trevor Drayton Scholarship honouring the memory of much-esteemed Hunter winemaker Trevor Drayton, who was killed in a winery explosion at Pokolbin in January 2008.

Jacob lives at Aberdare, works at Keith Tulloch Wines on Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin, and is studying for a Charles Sturt University bachelor of wine science degree.

He was presented with the award by Trevor Drayton’s mother, Mrs Caroline Drayton, at a function attended by 100 guests at Carrington Place Bar and Restaurant.The scholarship gives him $5000 cash and assistance with travel, accommodation, contacts in Burgundy and the opportunity to work in the French vintage.

Jacob, the son of Hunter wine industry veteran Mark Wiseman, initially took an after-school career path into a Newcastle University civil engineering degree course. After 18 months, however, he quit to yield to the lure of wine, working as a cellar rat and vineyard and bottling line hand at First Creek, New Zealand’s Mud House winery and currently alongside Keith Tulloch and acclaimed viticulturist Harry Tulloch.

His wine ambition has led him to create his own Wise One Wines label and he has just released his inaugural wine, the Wise One 2014 Sage Semillon. He made the wine from grapes bought from the Drayton family’s prized Oakey Creek Rd vineyard and the Draytons helped by letting him used their production facilities.

Jacob tells me he has a great liking for French burgundies and, thanks to the Trevor Drayton Scholarship, he hoped to widen his knowledge of the small-batch winemaking of that area.

The scholarship was set up three years ago to give young people in the wine, food and hospitality industry a means to advance their chosen careers.The Trevor Drayton Scholarship committee was formed on the first anniversary Trevor’s death.

GRATEFUL: Mrs Caroline Drayton presents the Trevor Drayton Scholarship cheque to Jacob Wiseman at Carrington Place this month.

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