Young viti­cul­tur­ists vie for top hon­ours


Young viti­cul­tur­ists from Waitaki will get the chance to test their skills and knowl­edge against their peers in May.

A South Is­land re­gional com­pe­ti­tion, for con­tes­tants from Nel­son, Can­ter­bury and Waitaki, has been added to the Bayer Young Viti­cul­tur­ist of the Year Com­pe­ti­tion for 2018.

Now in its thir­teenth year, the com­pe­ti­tion has be­come an im­por­tant fix­ture in the wine in­dus­try cal­en­dar.

Its pur­pose is to grow the fu­ture of the New Zealand wine in­dus­try and it is an op­por­tu­nity for young vits (30 years or un­der) to up­skill, grow in con­fi­dence and widen their net­work.

It is a tough com­pe­ti­tion, test­ing all as­pects of vine­yard man­age­ment, but for those who en­ter, a very re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The South Is­land re­gion is the sixth to be added to the com­pe­ti­tion.

Na­tional co-or­di­na­tor Nicky Gran­dorge said ‘‘it is ex­cit­ing to see the com­pe­ti­tion grow­ing fur­ther and feel the pos­i­tive buzz it cre­ates around the coun­try as the wine com­mu­nity comes to­gether to en­cour­age these tal­ented young vits’’.

The South Is­land re­gional com­pe­ti­tion will be held in Waipara, North Can­ter­bury, on Fri­day June 16. The na­tional fi­nal will be held in Au­gust. Last year’s na­tional Young Viti­cul­tur­ist of the Year was Tim Adams from the Auckland/North­ern re­gion.

Tim Adams was the young viti­cul­tur­ist of the year in 2017.

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