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The Anne-Claude Leflaive Memorial Scholarship
The late Anne-Claude Leflaive’s passion for education and sustainable growing methods has earned the historic family estate a reputation as a benchmark for white Burgundy and as leaders in biodynamic farming. Wilson Daniels will award one industry professional an all-expenses paid trip to the renowned Domaine Leflaive in Burgundy, as well as a scholarship in Anne-Claude’s memory to further his or her education in the field of oenology. The selection process aims to identify candidates who display qualities of authenticity, originality, and passion for the industry—just as Anne-Claude did throughout her remarkable life and career.
Broadening professionals’ understanding of the winemaking process was a lifelong goal of Anne-Claude, who, along with six other prestigious Burgundy vintners, established the Ecole du Vin et des Terroirs in 2008. This non-profit educational program—the first of its kind—focuses on vineyard cultivation using ecological, environmental and humanistic approaches in order to increase general and specialized wine knowledge. Classes are limited to 12 students, to provide an immersive and intimate experience.
Located in picturesque Puligny-Montrachet, students at Ecole du Vin et des Terroirs will explore topics like blind tasting, botany, and microbiology, among many others. Familiarity with the French language is desirable, but not required.
The scholarship includes the following:
- Partial reimbursement for the recipient’s choice of paid educational certification.
- A trip to Domaine Leflaive, including airfare to Paris with transportation to Domaine Leflaive.
- A once-in-a-lifetime curated wine dinner with Domaine Leflaive managing director Brice de La Morandière and Anne-Claude Leflaive’s husband, Christian Jacques.
Candidates are required to provide:
- Resume and biography along with an essay stating the reasons for pursuing this scholarship
- Three professional references and a copy of your “letter of intent” submitted to the educational program of choice (for reimbursement purposes)
The 2020 Wilson Daniels Master Exam Scholarship