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Young winemaker receives career boost

HONOURED: Trevor Drayton Scholarship winner Jacob Wiseman.Aspiring Aberdare winemaker Jacob Wiseman was recently named the recipient of the 2016 Trevor Drayton Scholarship.

The Trevor Drayton Scholarship was established to recognise the career of the iconic Hunter winemaker, who died in an explosion at Drayton’s winery during harvest in 2008.

A foundation was set up by friends and family to honour Trevor, with a fundraiser organised each year around the anniversary of his passing.

The $5000 scholarship started in 2012 and is dedicated to assisting young people wishing to pursue a career in the wine and food industry.

Presented by Trevor’s mother Caroline Drayton, Jacob was named this year’s winner in front of over 100 guests at Carrington Place Bar and Restaurant on February 7.

Jacob, 24, gained exposure to the ways of wine early on; his parents both having worked in the industry.

Starting out his career at age 18 at First Creek Wines, Jacob then enjoyed a two-month stint at Mud House Wines in New Zealand before moving over to Keith Tulloch Wines where he is currently employed.

Jacob is also half-way through a Bachelor of Wine Science degree at Charles Sturt University and started his own label, Wise One Wines, in 2014.

It is a combination of things that Jacob likes about the industry, such as the vineyard side, agriculture and chemistry aspects.

“I just really like how varied it is,” he said.

Winning the scholarship came as a surprise to Jacob; he had actually forgotten he had applied until he was told he was the winner.

“I did not believe it, to be honest,” he said.

The prize will allow him to travel to famous French wine regions including Burgundy and Bordeaux later this year to further his knowledge of winemaking, including traditional French wines pinot and chardonnay.

Jacob hopes to one day own his own small winery selling boutique-style wines, and plans to get back into producing more wine for his label again next year.

SURPRISED: Jacob Wiseman receives his prize from Trevor Drayton’s mother Caroline.

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