The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Countdown is on to the 2023 Young Vit National Final

The countdown to the 2023 Young Viticulturist of the Year National Final is on.

Five finalists from around the country will take part in the competition on Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at Paritua Vineyards in Hawke’s Bay.

They will deliver their speeches at the Awards Dinner the following evening, August 31, when the overall winner will be announced.

The national finalists are: Tai Nelson, Soljans Estate, Auckland; Nick Putt, Craggy Range, Hawke’s Bay; Zac Howell, Indevin, Marlborough; Tristan van Schalkwyk, The Bone Line, North Canterbury, Waipara and Nina Downer, Felton Road, Central Otago.

Throughout the day they will be tested on everything a viticulturist needs to know to run a successful vineyard.

The finalists have been working hard over the last few weeks on their research report. This year they had to consider options for establishing and managing a vineyard which in 2050 would still be running successfully with its quality wines being exported to the UK market.

The winner will receive a package of a Hyundai Kona for a year, an Ecotrellis Travel Grant, a Fruitfed Supplies educational trip, Electrocoup secateurs, a leadership week and cash.

This year’s winner will also go on to represent the wine industry in next year’s Young Horticulturist of the Year competition.

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