Con­test on again for young viti­cul­tur­al­ists

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

Dates have been set for the 2019 Bayer NZ Young Viti­cul­tur­ist of the Year Com­pe­ti­tion.

Tak­ing out the cov­eted ti­tle has be­come a key goal for young viti­cul­tur­ists par­tic­i­pat­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion, which is in it­s14th year.

The pro­gramme aims to grow the wine in­dus­try’s fu­ture lead­ers by stretch­ing them, putting them out of their com­fort zone and cre­at­ing new re­la­tion­ships.

It is an op­por­tu­nity for Young Viti­cul­tur­ists 30 or un­der to up­skill, grow in con­fi­dence, widen their net­work and start mak­ing a name for them­selves within the in­dus­try.

There are now six re­gional com­pe­ti­tions, cul­mi­nat­ing in a na­tional fi­nal held in con­junc­tion with Bra­gato, the New Zealand wine in­dus­try’s an­nual con­fer­ence.

It is a tough com­pe­ti­tion test­ing all as­pects of vine­yard man­age­ment, in­clud­ing bud­get­ing, vine health, soil nu­tri­tion, trel­lis­ing, prun­ing, net­ting, ma­chin­ery, pests and dis­eases and wine knowl­edge.

The con­tes­tants also have a quick-fire buzzer round, de­liver a din­ner speech and go head to head in the BioS­tart Hor­tisports.

It is a very chal­leng­ing day but for all those who en­ter, a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and the win­ner earns the ti­tle of Bayer Young Viti­cul­tur­ist of the Year.

Dates for the 2019 com­pe­ti­tions are: Auck­land/ North­ern — June 7, Hawke’s Bay — June 13, Wairarapa — June 20, Marl­bor­ough -July 4, South Is­land Re­gional — July 12, Cen­tral Otago — July 18, Na­tional fi­nal — Au­gust 27.

The Na­tional Fi­nal prac­ti­cal day will be held at Te Awa, Hawke’s Bay and the win­ner will be an­nounced at the Bra­gato con­fer­ence din­ner on Au­gust 29, 2019.

■ More in­for­ma­tion and en­try form from Nicky Gran­dorge, Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor at [email protected], 021 780948.

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