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Marlborough Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year Competition 2017

Starts: Thursday 6 July 2017
Type: Competition
Venue: Giesen Wallace House Stump Creek, Blenheim
City: Blenheim
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 ValleyNow: 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 suppliersThere are good networking opportunitiesStrong 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 RobinsonE: 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: 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
Organiser: Wine Marlborough
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