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Saturday 9 January 2016

So you think you have what it takes to be a winemaker?

So you think you've got the palate to make wine like the professionals do? Here is your chance to prove it. 

MOJO Wine: Baptism of Fire for 2016 is looking for amateur/would-be winemakers to be a part of a competition program that offers wine lovers the chance to have loads of fun while raising money for their nominated charity. 

For the first time, the competition is national and has an Australian wine brand behind it as the sponsor.  

There is $10,000 up for grabs for the winners and the call has gone out for prospective contestants who may have always dreamt of making wine but never got there. 

It is a state of origin event aimed at  encouraging  the next generation of Australian winemaking talent.

Teams of two will combine in an attempt to prove themselves the best. 

Jess Ho and Wiremu Andrews were part of Wine Baptism of Fire 2014, restricted to Victoria, and said: “Having the opportunity to e part of Baptism of Fire was a great way to understand the winemaking process rather than just the romantic story when the bottle is in front of you.

"As a bunch of rookies, not only was it fun,  but it demystified the issues that wineries and winemakers face when getting the product out there.”

Contestants are encouraged to apply and those selected will be guided through the process by mentors from the wine industry.

Following the selection process, contestants will need to be available throughout the year to manage the whole process – from choosing which grapes to pick, through to the design of the brand and the launch of the end result.

Each team will align with charity partners of their choice and MOJO will award a $10,000 prize to the winning team. Proceeds from the sales of the finished wines will go to the winning team’s nominated charity.

The competition will be documented in a web-based reality series and applicants can register at before January 22.

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