MW student Teresa Cedenilla wins first prize in the 2020 Lallemand bursary
IMW supporter Lallemand Oenology has awarded Teresa Cedenilla and Florencia Gomez in their annual bursary for students in the MW study programme.
Lallemand, a leading producer of wine yeast, bacteria and their nutrients, first established the bursary in 2010.
To be considered for the 2020 bursary, stage one and two MW students were asked to write an essay on ‘what are the key parameters to consider for bulk wine during shipment and how can it affect the quality of the wine?’ Originally, the prize was for one overall winner, but due to the quality of the essays received, Lallemand awarded two prizes, first place to Teresa and second place to Florencia.
Ann Dumont, Lallemand Communication Manager, explains, “As the level of excellence was high in the essays, we are proud to award two prizes this year. Teresa showed great understanding and logical development, supported by examples and references that showed her ability to elaborate on the topic accurately to deserve the first prize. Florencia was also exceptional in her writing, and we felt that it also deserved recognition. We hope that it will encourage them for their studies as it showed that they both have excellent potential to become MWs. We thank all the students who participated, and we will continue to support them in the years to come.”
Stage two student Teresa was awarded £1500 to support her MW studies. She said, “I am grateful to receive the Lallemand bursary first prize, especially in this challenging time for all of us. This will be a great help as I work towards completing my MW studies.”
Teresa Cedenilla was born and raised in Spain and spent several years working there as an engineer before moving to London, after completing a wine internationalisation MBA in Madrid. While in the UK, she worked for Wine Intelligence as a project manager and then for Bulgheroni Family Vineyards as a brand and sales manager for Europe. In 2018, Teresa moved back to Spain. She joined Masaveu Family Wineries (Bodegas Fillaboa, Murua, Leda, Pagos de Araiz and Valveran), where she is currently working as the export area manager for Europe, USA and Canada.
The second prize of £500 was awarded to stage one student Florencia Gomez. Florencia is originally from Mendoza, Argentina and has a background in chemistry. She completed a winemaking degree in 2013, a few years after her first wine experience at Achaval-Ferrer. Florencia worked several harvests in Napa Valley, Mendoza, Burgundy, and Croatia, working for companies such as LVMH and Trinchero Family Estates. Florencia also worked for three years as an export sales manager for Grupo Peñaflor, where she was responsible for multiple European markets, focusing on the luxury segment and e-commerce channel. Now based in London Florencia works freelance, developing wine digital marketing strategies, and creating content for multiple projects around the world.
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