ACCOLADE: Girraween Estates' Steve Messiter and wife Lisa. Mr Messiter won the RQWS Bursary.
ACCOLADE: Girraween Estates' Steve Messiter and wife Lisa. Mr Messiter won the RQWS Bursary. Contributed

Winemaker set for Adelaide expedition

IT WAS a wine show to forget for most but for Steve Messiter, he'll hold fond memories of this year's Royal Queensland Wine Show.

That's because the Girraween Estate winemaker was chosen as RQWS's bursary winner.

It's an award that organisers give out to a Queensland winemaker annually, with Mr Messiter this year's lucky recipient.

"It's sort of their way to help give back to the industry,” he said.

"They ask for applications and people who apply have to submit a resume of sorts, plus three wines.

"Out of those they select someone. Lucky for me I got it. The prize is pretty awesome.”

Mr Messiter will head to the Australian Wine Research Institute in Adelaide where he'll do some advanced courses.

"It normally costs over $5000 so I wasn't planning on going any time soon. I was stunned to get it.

"Obviously they're looking for someone relatively early in their wine career. I've only been doing it for 10 years... even though I might be much older than someone who they'd normally give it to.

"I've still got 30 years to catch up to Angelo Puglisi.”

The Granite Belt and Queensland didn't enjoy much success at the show last week. Mr Messiter has some opinions as to why.

"It's a show, that because of the prestige of it, all the really large companies put their wines into it. It's not really for smaller winemakers like we have here on the Granite Belt,” he said.

"We mightn't have won many awards, but there actually wasn't that many entered.”

Mr Messiter hopes to utilise his bursary win and head to Adelaide in November.

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