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First woman ever wins Corteva Marlborough Young Viticulturist of the Year Competition

Jess Wilson

Jessica Wilson from Whitehaven has been named the Corteva Marlborough Young Viticulturist of the Year 2021.

The competition was held on 1 July at Giesen’s Stump Creek Road Vineyard in Renwick.

Jessica Marston from Villa Maria was runner-up and Tahryn Mason, also from Villa Maria, came in third.

This is the first time in the 16 years of the Marlborough Young Vit Competition that a woman has taken out the title.

“It’s wonderful to see young women thrive in viticulture,” says Nicky Grandorge, National Co-Ordinator of the Young Vit competition and Women in Wine NZ.

“It really highlights what a great career option it is for both men and women.”

Jess Wilson will go on to represent Marlborough at the National Final in August, which will be held at Indevin’s Bankhouse in Marlborough this year on Wednesday 25th August.

She will compete against the winners from Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, North Canterbury and Central Otago.

A Vit conference and Field Day will be held on Thursday 26th August, visiting vineyard trials and looking at innovations for the future.

This will be followed by the awards dinner where the national winner of the 2021 Corteva Young Viticulturist of the Year Competition will be announced.

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