Dates set for 2019 Bayer NZ Young Viticulturist Comp
The Bayer NZ Young Viticulturist of the Year Competition is now in its 14th year and to take out the coveted title has become a key goal for many young viticulturists in New Zealand.
The programme aims to grow the wine industry’s future leaders, by stretching them, putting them out of their comfort zone and creating new relationships. It is a fantastic opportunity for Young Vits (30 years or under) to upskill, grow in confidence, widen their network and start making a name for themselves within the industry.
There are now six regional competitions, culminating in a national final which is held in conjunction with Bragato, the New Zealand wine industry’s annual conference.
It is a very tough competition testing all aspects of vineyard management including budgeting, vine health, soil nutrition, trellising, pruning, netting, machinery, pests and diseases and wine knowledge. The contestants also have a quick fire buzzer round, deliver a dinner speech and go head to head in the BioStart Hortisports.
It is a very challenging day but for all those who enter, a very rewarding experience and the winner certainly earns the prestigious title of Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year.
Annabel Bulk from Felton Road, Central Otago was the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2018. Who will take out the title this year?
Dates for the 2019 competitions are:
AUCKLAND/NORTHERN – Friday 7th June 2019
HAWKE’S BAY – Thursday 13th June 2019
WAIRARAPA – Thursday 20th June 2019
MARLBOROUGH – Thursday 4th July 2019
SOUTH ISLAND REGIONAL – Friday 12th July 2019
CENTRAL OTAGO – Thursday 18th July 2019
NATIONAL FINAL – w/c 27 August 2019
The National Final practical day will be held at Te Awa, Hawke’s Bay and the winner will be announced at the Bragato conference dinner on 29th August 2019.