Contest on again for young viticulturalists
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.