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Who Will be NZ's Next Young Viticulturist Of The Year?

2022 Entry Form & Key Dates

NZ Young Viticulturist of the Year

The Young Viticulturist of the Year Competition provides a fantastic opportunity for viticulturists 30 years or under to upskill, grow in confidence, widen their network and start making a name for themselves within the industry.

The 2021 winner - Sam Bain (Photo by Richard Briggs)

Growing the future of the New Zealand wine industry.

The Young Viticulturist of the Year Competition is now in its seventeenth year. The competition is based on six regional competitions, culminating in a national final.  

The contestants must undergo a mix of practical and theoretical questions which include pruning, netting, machinery, pests and diseases, budgeting, nutrition, wine knowledge, trellising and an interview. They go head to head in the BioStart Hortisports race, a quickfire buzzer round and also give a speech at the awards dinner.  

It is a tough but rewarding experience and the winner certainly earns the prestigious title of Corteva Young Viticulturist of the Year. There are also some amazing prizes to be won at the regional and national competitions. Please SEE HERE FOR THIS YEAR'S KEY DATES AND ENTRY FORM.

The competition is run entirely on the generosity of sponsors who not only support the competition financially but also with their time and expertise.  A huge thank you to all these sponsors.

Find out more from our Young Vit winners since 2006 below and what they are doing now in this 15 YEARS VIDEO

To see the 2021 National Finalists please check out the video below!

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