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Hawkes Bay Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year Competition 2017

Starts: Thursday 22 June 2017
Type: Competition
Venue: Te Awa Estate, Gimblett Gravels
City: Hastings
Country: New Zealand
Details:

This annual competition is now in its 11th year and has become an important fixture in the viticultural calendar.  By encouraging and developing young viticulturists, the competition helps build a team of talented, young professionals who can continue pushing the boundaries in the vineyard, ensuring the reputation for exciting, high quality New Zealand wines continues long into the future.

 

How does it work?

Young viticulturists, under 30, compete in regional competitions and these winners then battle it out at the National Final to become Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year.

Contestants undertake a wide range of practical and theoretical questions on viticulture, as well as having an interview, a quick buzzer round and finally delivering a speech at the Bragato Wine Awards dinner. 

What are the benefits of entering?

It’s tough, but a fantastic opportunity to develop skills and knowledge, network and become more well known in the industry.  It’s a very prestigious title to win and even just to have competed adds weight to industry experience and opens doors to career promotions.  Previous contestants have all found their careers benefitted greatly from entering the competition, even if they have not been the outright winner.

“It shows you what you need to know to be a well rounded viticulturist.  You gain great insight and connections as well as it being a fun day of challenges.”  Dan Mather, previous contestant

Marcus Wickham, winner 2006, was Company Viticulturist at Mud House wines

Now: Managing Director at Klima machinery

 

Caine Thompson, winner 2009, was Company Viticulturist at Pyramid Valley

Now: Managing Director, Pyramid Valley Wines

 

As an employer, what are the benefits of my employees entering?

 

Increased confidence and enthusiasm in your employee.

You are supporting the  future of the industry.

Have increased contact with key suppliers

There are good networking opportunities

Strong PR around the event is, so exposure for your company if one of your employees is competing.

The Young Viticulturist Final winner goes on to enter the Grand Final of the Young Hort of the Year for the 2014 competition. This competition has been won by the Young Viticulturist winner in 2006 (Marcus Wickham), 2007 (Emma Taylor), 2009 (Caine Thompson), 2010 (Stuart Dudley) and Braden Crosby upheld the tradition in 2012 thus demonstrating the high standard of this competition and the competitors.

 

MORE INFORMATION

 

For more information and register your interest in competing, please contact:

 

Nicky Grandorge

NZ Young Viticulturist of the Year National Coordinator

Ph: 021 780948

 

youngvit@nzwine.com

For information on the regional competitions, please contact the below coordinators.

 

Please contact angie@attend.net.nz or call 06 833 7440 for more information, or if you are from the following regions you can contact:

 

Hawke’s Bay:

Contact - Paul Robinson

E: paulr@villamaria.co.nz

Ph: 021 369 373

 

Central Otago:

Central Otago Winegrowers Assoc - Nick Paulin

E: nick@peregrinewines.co.nz

Ph: 021 176 5633

 

Marlborough:

Contact is Georgie Leach

georgie@wine-marlborough.co.nz

Ph: 0275 468 960

 

Wairarapa:

Contact: Rowan Hoskins

rowan@vinemanagers.co.nz

Ph: 0272 487033

 

Auckland:

Contact: Heinrich Storm

heinrich.storm@auckland.ac.nz

Ph: 021 987 857 

Website: www.nzwine.com/young-viticulturist-of-the-year
Contact: Contact - Paul Robinson
E: paulr@villamaria.co.nz
Ph: 021 369 373

Nicky Grandorge AIWS | National Co-Ordinator | Young Viticulturist of the Year
P: +64 (0)21 780948 | DDI (0)9 3065648 www.nzwine.com/young-viticulturist-of-the-year
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