Sunburst Vin opens doors for young aspirants

Sunburst Vin

Sunburst Vin was founded by Subhadip Dey, a qualified beverage educator based in Kolkata and Amit Ojha, a seasoned wine importer. In 2023, Sunburst Vin won a grant from the Gerard Basset Foundation to expand its business — one of only 18 grantees out of 44 applicants from 11countries to do so. The Foundation was created to carry
forward the dreams and vision of the famous Master Sommelier, Gérard Basset who died in 2019 after battling cancer. In a very short period, it has become a trailblazer, empowering diversity, equity and inclusion for wine, spirits and hospitality professionals.

Subhadip and Amit decided the grant was an opportunity to help young wine professionals who were unable to realise their dreams of wine education and training from the east and northeast of India. Most institutions providing certified beverage training were located in the north or west of India. With this in mind, in December 2023 Sunburst Vin announced 65 scholarships covering tuition costs for courses run by top education providers such as WSET levels 1, 2 or 3, as well as the Court of Master
Sommeliers’ introductory sommelier qualification. In addition, two international scholarships for short educational stints abroad were also offered to deserving candidates.

The scholarships are available only to candidates in the northeast states or Bengal. Finalists are selected based on their academic commitment, financial need and a compelling personal statement, says Subhadip. The winners receive support and mentorship from Sunburst Vin team members throughout this initiative. The selection process is currently ongoing and will continue until all the places are filled. There are no deadlines.

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