Become NZ's next Young Winemaker of the year

Entry Form & Competition Dates for 2024

Young Winemaker of the Year

Alena Kamper
Alena Kamper - 2023 Tonnellerie de Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker of the Year

Launched in 2015, the competition is open to those under 30 years of age 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.  

Young Winemakers have a huge passion for winemaking and the New Zealand wine industry. Find out what our 2023 National Finalists love about winemaking, how they see the future and what they loved about competing in the Young Winemaker Competition.

Young Winemaker National Finalists 2023
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