Doug Wisor Memorial Scholarship 2020

Applications are invited for the Doug Wisor Memorial Scholarship 2020

Doug Wisor was a brilliant young American-born winemaker at Craggy Range who passed away in New Zealand following a tragic kite surfing accident. During his time with Craggy Range, Doug made some of the finest wines New Zealand has seen.

The Scholarship, first awarded in 2006, supports a young American winemaker to travel to New Zealand to intern at Craggy Range for the 2020 harvest. The Doug Wisor Memorial Fund will provide return airfares from the US, whilst Craggy Range will provide a modest salary for the duration of the harvest, which runs from approximately March until May 2020. At the completion of the vintage the recipient will also be given a unique opportunity to tour New Zealand’s diverse wine regions, with visits to iconic producers organised by Craggy Range and a travel bursary up to $1000 USD for transport and accommodation.

To this point, many exceptionally gifted young winemakers have received the scholarship, gaining knowledge of not only the New Zealand wine landscape but bearing witness to the legacy of attention to detail and crafting wines of distinction that Doug helped to establish as the essence of Craggy Range. The successful applicant will get opportunity to become part of that unique alumni.


Mimi Adams, was the recipient of the 2019 scholarship, and described her experience below:
“Craggy Range exceeded all previous harvest expectations through the Doug Wisor Memorial Scholarship.  You’ll learn to make wines that show absolute vineyard expression with some of the most talented cellar mates in the business. Then, when the hard work is over, you’ll jump into a car and be on your way to visit some of Doug’s closest industry friends and members of the Family of Twelve. A trip that is by far my greatest excursion.”


Selection Criteria:

1. Applicant should demonstrate intellect, vision, innovation and practical experience in winemaking.
2. Demonstrate why an overseas internship would be important in career development.
3. Explanation of mutual benefits likely to both the applicant and vineyard.
4. Applications must be clear, concise and easily understandable.
5. Please include contact details for at least one recent wine industry referee.

Application Process:

A detailed resume together with an essay outlining the reasons why the applicant wants to work a harvest in New Zealand should be submitted by Monday, 1 October 2019.

Applications and inquiries should be sent by email to Craggy Range– hrmanager@craggyrange.com