Terry Threlfall Legacy Scholarship

The scholarship is a partnership between Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS), Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF), BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF), Meyer Family Vineyards and the Threlfall family.




The annual scholarship named for him will be awarded to a student pursuing further education in wine knowledge at an eligible BC post-secondary institution.

The presentation of the award is hosted by the Vancouver International Wine Festival luncheon in April.


Born and raised in BC, Terry Threlfall was influential on the local, national, and international wine scenes.  Career highlights included:

  • Developing a groundbreaking wine program as Wine Director at Hawksworth
  • Repeatedly holding the position of Festival Sommelier at the Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF), one of the biggest and oldest wine events in the world
  • In 2012, being named Sommelier of the Year by Vancouver magazine, the VIWF, and California’s Sunset Magazine
  • Being the first Canadian Sommelier to be a regular Decanter panelist
  • Six years as Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer at London’s Michelin-starred Chez Bruce
  • Five years as Wine Buyer at London’s prestigious Selfridges

Terry passed away unexpectedly in October 2020, at the age of 43.  He continues to be missed by his family, friends, and colleagues in the industry, who remember him as much for his warm personality, intelligence, and integrity as for his consummate professional skills and knowledge.

Terry’s brother, Dan Threlfall, notes “It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since we lost Terry.  Speaking on behalf of our whole family, we think it’s a wonderful thing to have this opportunity to create a legacy in his memory.  Terry always welcomed the chance to act as a mentor for others in the wine community, so I’m sure the idea of a scholarship in his name would have pleased him very much.

Important dates

APLICATIONS OPEN: From January 15 through March every year

REWIEWING PERIOD: 2/3 weeks after closing by the reviewing committee

CHEQUE PRESENTATION: Winner will be announced and cheque presented at the Vancouver International Wine Festival luncheon

Terry Threlfall Legacy Scholarship Fund

Seed money comes from the Meyer Family Vineyards Tribute series program. The winery donated the funds to the Threlfall family, who have requested the donations be directed to the BC Hospitality Foundation.

If you would like to donate to this scholarship fund you can do it through THIS LINK.

Scholarship Value


2023 Scholarship Sponsored by Andrew Peller Import Agency


Special Considerations

Winners are expected to work in British Columbia in the hospitality industry sector for at least 2 years after receiving the scholarship

You are NOT eligible to receive this scholarship two consecutive years

You can apply to other relevant scholarships of the BCHF Scholarship Program


  • Background

    Students that are pursuing further education in wine knowledge at an eligible BC post-secondary institution.

    Applicants may be nominated by peers.

  • Academic Information

    Provide copies of transcripts and any wine studies diplomas


  • Why are you applying?

    Prepare a 500-word essay on why you need and deserve a $2,000 scholarship

    Name or description of the course (s) you have applied for

    Fill out the application form.

    All applications MUST include a short introduction video emailed to TerryThrelfallScholarship@nullVanWineFest.ca 

  • References

    Two (2) reference letters from non-family members


0 Scholarships Awarded

NOTE: Should you receive an award from the BC Hospitality Foundation, as a condition to your acceptance of this award, you agree that neither the BC Hospitality Foundation nor any of its officers, directors, employees or agents shall be responsible for any and all costs and expenses (other than, but not specifically limited to, tuition and other items identified in writing by the grantor of this scholarship). Should you receive an award from the BC Hospitality Foundation, permission is granted to use your name for publicity purposes.