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Become NZ's next Young Winemaker of the year

2021 Competition Dates & Entry Form

New Zealand Young Winemaker

Ben Tombs
The 2020 Winner - Ben Tombs

Now in its seventh year, the competition is open to those under 30 involved with wine production. This includes cellar hands, cellar managers, those working in the laboratory, assistant winemakers and winemakers. If places are available, those studying for a degree in winemaking may also be able to compete and are certainly welcome to any associated events.

The Young Winemaker competition aims to help ambitious and passionate young people become future leaders of the NZ wine industry.  It is a fantastic opportunity for emerging young winemakers to grow, develop and advance their careers.

The competition tests the contestants on a wide range of skills and knowledge required in the winemaking process.  For example blending, laboratory tests, viticultural knowledge, tasting analysis, Health & Safety, presentation skills and market knowledge.

The competition is made possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.  

Following the recent COVID alert level changes, we’ve unfortunately had to postpone our regional Young Winemaker competitions and National Final but will be announcing new dates in the coming week. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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