August 20th – The Argentinean wine producer FECOVITA supported by Moscow Sommelier Association established ten scholarships for sommeliers to update already existing and write new articles on wine in the Russian Wikipedia.
Wikipedia is the most popular information source in Russia, visited by a million and a half people every hour. At the same time, the materials of the Russian section are carelessly structured, full of inaccuracies and references to outdated USSR-era norms, and the data are based on the statistics of the early 2000s.
FECOVITA together with the Moscow Association of Sommeliers offer wine professionals to do what they are best in: to share accurate and reliable information about wine. This time, sommeliers could share their knowledge not in the restaurant, but on the pages of the free encyclopedia. In the course of the project ten articles will be corrected or written, the authors of which will receive scholarships in the amount of 21 000 rubles (about 700 USD). We hope that this measure will at least partially support those professionals who, because of the pandemic and the restrictions caused by it, have lost their jobs or have been forced to change them to less paid ones.
Any employee in the hospitality sector who currently works with wine or was employed at the beginning of the pandemic is eligible to participate. To participate, one has until Sept. 13 to fill out a short questionnaire at the link below and complete a short test assignment.
Denis Rudenko, an independent wine expert and international wine competition judge, will be responsible for selecting the best written entries and final editing of the publications.
For more questions, you can leave comments to the original post of the Moscow Sommelier Association:
Registration of participants (in Russian):
Fecovita Ltda (Federation of Wine Cooperatives of Argentina) is Argentina’s largest wine producer, uniting 29 cooperatives and 5,000 farmers who work on 30,000 hectares of vineyards. Fecovita owns popular Mendoza brands Toro, Canciller as well as premium brands Los Helechos and Estancia Mendoza from Uco Valley.