Meet the 2021 Finalists

We are excited to introduce you to the three contestants who will be competing in the National Final on Thursday 3 February 2022.

Ben Mcnab

Ben McNab - Wairarapa, Palliser

Ben is a passionate winemaker who loves both the creative freedom and science of making wine. Ben studied viticulture and wine with EIT and since gained experience working in various roles within our industry. 

He is now Assistant Winemaker at Palliser Estate where he is thrilled to work with fruit from 6 special vineyards.   He is most excited by Chardonnay and is proud to represent his small but very progressive and collaborative region. 

Peter Russell

Peter Russell - Marlborough, Matua

Originally from Manawatu, Peter began his wine career studying at Lincoln University . He has since worked in Europe, the Americas and now Marlborough where he has found a place and work-life balance that makes him excited to start each day.  He is a Winemaker for Matua which has helped him develop his winemaking skills as well as meet some amazing people. 

Peter recently purchased a small block of Sauvignon Blanc with his partner.  They manage it with an eye for sustainability and improving soil health.  Although it comes with its challenges it also gives a great deal of satisfaction.

Jordan Moores

Jordan Moores - Central Otago, Valli Wines

Jordan grew up in Wellington for most of his life before he left for Dunedin to study Microbiology at Otago University. There Jordan gained a fascination with fermentation and environmental biology. Jordan then went to EIT to study a postgraduate of oenology.

After a single vintage in South Africa, Jordan has found himself at home in Central Otago where he enjoys the community aspect, the distinct four seasons, and plenty of idea sharing. He now works for Valli Wine, which he really enjoys.


To purchase tickets to the 2021 Young Winemaker National Final Awards Dinner (Now on Thursday 3 Februrary 2022) please click here.

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