Obsidian viticulturist wins NZ title
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.