Growing the future of the New Zealand wine industry.
The Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year Competition is now in its fifteenth year. This initiative provides a fantastic opportunity for Young Viticulturalists (30 years or under) to upskill, grow in confidence, widen their network and start making a name for themselves within the industry.
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 Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year. There are also some amazing prizes to be won at the regional and national competition. See here for this year's prizes.
Education Days will run around the country during May to help prepare the contestants for the competition.
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.
See the gallery and video below for action and thoughts of the 2019 National Finalists.