WSET Diploma Awards: Graham’s Port Scholarship

Wine & Spirit Education Trust Awards & Graduation Ceremony at London’s Guildhall – Monday 21st of January.

On Monday evening, January 21st, over 500 Graduates, Scholarship prize winners and other guests gathered at the City of London’s historic Guildhall to celebrate the successes of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s (WSET) students in the past academic year (2011 – 2012). Paul Symington, Joint Managing Director of Graham’s was there to hand over the Graham’s Port Scholarship to the winner: Adam Guy (Antique Wine Company) in recognition of his achievements in the Fortified Wine exam. Adam has won a five day trip to Portugal’s Upper Douro Valley where he will visit Graham’s vineyards, including the flagship estate: Quinta dos Malvedos.

Paul Symington presents Adam Guy with the Graham's Scholarship prize. Jancis Robinson looks on.
Paul Symington presents Adam Guy with the Graham’s Scholarship prize, as Jancis Robinson looks on.

Opening the ceremony, the WSET Honorary President, Jancis Robinson OBE MW commented on the changing dynamics of the global wine world as reflected in WSET’s business, noting: “Despite the continued growth of student numbers in the UK, the fact is that Greater China is set to overtake the UK as WSET’s biggest market this year, something I would have never imagined possible when I did my Diploma”.

In her introduction to the 2013 WSET Yearbook, Jancis Robinson very aptly writes, “There really is a strong argument that the spread of wine, wine drinking and wine study is akin to the spread of cultural life.”

Graham’s is proud to be associated with the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, which provides wine education and qualifications on a truly global scale (present in 60 countries).