2020 winner Rhys Hall

The dates have been set and entries are now open for the 2021 Corteva Young Viticulturist of the Year competition.

Beginning with Education Days kicking off in May, the regional competitions will then run throughout June and July and the National Final will be held in Marlborough at the end of August.

“We are excited to be ramping up again for 2021,” says Nicky Grandorge, National Co-Ordinator. “This is an important initiative which gives many passionate young viticulturists the opportunity to upskill and start making a name for themselves within the New Zealand wine industry.”

Now in its sixteenth year, the competition tests young vits on everything involved with running a vineyard and being a successful viticultural leader – from soil nutrition and trellising through to budgeting, biosecurity planning and public speaking.

This year, prizes for the national winner include a Hyundai Kona for a year, an Ecotrellis travel grant, an educational visit to Australia with Corteva, Bahco golden secateurs and other cash prizes.

The winner will also go on to represent the wine industry in the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition in November.

Key dates:
3 June – Auckland, Waiheke
10 June – Hawke’s Bay
17 June – Wairarapa
1 July – Marlborough
8 July – SI Regional, N.Canterbury
15 July – Central Otago
25-26 August – National Final, Marlborough

Entry forms available at www.nzwine.com/en/initiatives/young-vit

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