WCA Wine Media Cadetship

The WCA Wine Media Cadetship, available to South Australian residents, aims to foster emerging talent and promote excellence in Australian wine communication. It is geared toward empowering young people who aspire to move into the field of wine journalism and communication. The program enriches the pool of wine media personnel and creates proud ambassadors to advance the positive promotion of Australia wine on an international stage.

The WCA Wine Media Cadetship is made possible through the Adelaide a Great Wine Capital initiative funded by Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA), the South Australian Wine Industry Association and South Australian Tourism Commission, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.

The Wine Media Cadetship past award recipients include:

2019 – Mariette Morris. Read media release HERE.

2018 – Dr. Lieke van der Hulst. Read media release HERE.

2017 – Emily Hay Read media release HERE.

Applications have now CLOSED for the 2020 WCA Wine Media Cadetship



  • Entries Open: 24 June 2020

  • Entries Close: 24 July 2020

  • 2020 Cadet Announced: 31 August 2020

  • Program Runs: September – December 2020

Program & Application Criteria

One cadetship will be awarded in 2020.

The Wine Media Cadet will take part in a customised ten week program, run over 6 month period, and include tailored wine and media experiences.

Due to COVID-19 and flight restriction, the Wine Media Cadet program will not offer an international travel experience in 2020. However, should the prestigious Great Wine Capitals AGM proceed online, an invitation will be extended for the cadet to attend. The program will include a number of wine and media experiences withihn South Australia. Examples of the type of experiences included in the program include:

  • Opportunity to write blog (or equivalent) content to be published on the GWC website
  • Wine Communicators of Australia Free 12 month membership
  • Practical placement with Wine Communicators of Australia
  • Wine and media mentorship
  • Wine show judging placement
  • Attendance at key premium food and wine events across the state to promote Adelaide / South Australia’s membership in the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.
  • Meetings with Australian wine industry bodies


The cadetship is open to South Australian residents, with a minimum 3 years Australian wine industry experience.

The successful cadet will maintain an online blog, housed on the Adelaide, South Australia Great Wine Capitals website to diarise their experience and promote activities under the Great Wine Capitals program. CLICK HERE to view.

Applications for the 2020 Wine Media Cadetship have now CLOSED. 

If you have any further questions, please contact us at: wca@winecommunicators.com.au.