Ob­sid­ian viti­cul­tur­ist wins NZ ti­tle

Waiheke Marketplace - - Front Page - ROSE DAVIS

Wai­heke’s Tim Adams has won the na­tional Bayer Young Viti­cul­tur­ist of the Year ti­tle.

Adams, who works at Ob­sid­ian Vine­yard in One­tangi, is bring­ing the tro­phy to the Auck­land and North­land re­gion for the first time. This breaks a three-year run of the ti­tle go­ing to a viti­cul­tur­ist from Hawkes Bay.

Last Thurs­day, Adams won the use of a Hyundai Santa Fe for a year, a $5000 AGMARDT travel schol­ar­ship, en­graved Bahco golden se­ca­teurs, $2000 cash, wine glasses and a lead­er­ship week.

In Novem­ber, he will rep­re­sent the wine in­dus­try in the Young Hor­ti­cul­tur­ist of the Year Com­pe­ti­tion.

Adams gained a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence and a post-grad­u­ate diploma in neu­ro­phys­i­ol­ogy, be­fore de­cid­ing the time com­mit­ments in­volved in the med­i­cal field were too de­mand­ing.

He switched to a post-grad­u­ate diploma in wine sciences and started at Mud­brick Vine­yard in 2012, be­fore mov­ing to Ob­sid­ian a year ago.

His big win re­flects the time and en­ergy Wai­heke wine­mak­ers have put into teach­ing him, he said. Ob­sid­ian wine­maker, Mike Wood, and wine­mak­ers Nick Otto and Pat New­ton from Mud­brick, where Adams used to work, have been fonts of knowl­edge.

‘‘Wai­heke is spe­cial - we’ve got a re­ally good sup­port net­work go­ing,’’ he said.

New Zealandy young viti­cul­tur­ist of the year, Tim Adams, at Ob­sid­ian Vine­yard. ROSE DAVIS/FAIR­FAX

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