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.