May 24, 2021

Wendy Furrow-Scott, Hickory Hill Winemaker, Earns International Certification

Wendy Furrow-Scott in the winery

Moneta, VA 5/24/2021 —Hickory Hill Vineyards winemaker Wendy Furrow-Scott has earned distinction as a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) from the Society of Wine Educators. The certification recognizes her wine knowledge and mastery of key elements within the areas of wine, viticulture, and wine production.

The CSW is widely recognized and highly regarded by the international wine and spirits industry. About 10,000 people worldwide have earned the title.

It took more than a year of study to prepare for the exam. “The online classes were a great experience with classmates from all over the world,” Furrow-Scott said.

Furrow-Scott also recently earned the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 2 Award in Wine, with distinction. WSET is the largest wine education and certification organization of its kind in the world.

“I plan to bring a worldwide understanding of wines to my winemaking at Hickory Hill,” Furrow-Scott said. “I have lots of ideas, with some already in the works.”

She added that a new wine will be released at Hickory Hill within the next few months. Educational classes and tastings that offer insight into the world of wine, viticulture, and winemaking are also planned.