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Four women to compete in 2021 Corteva Young Vit National Final

For the first time in the history of the Young Viticulturist Competition there will be more women than men competing in the National Final.

Held since 2006, the Young Vit Competition provides as opportunity for viticulturists 30 years or under to up-skill, grow in confidence, widen their network and start making a name for themselves within the industry.

The final is being held on August 25-26 in Marlborough and the competitors include: Courtney Sang, Obsidian, Auckland; Albie Feary, Ata Rangi, Wairarapa; Jess Wilson, Whitehaven Wines, Marlborough and Katrina Jackson, Chard Farm, Central Otago. The young men competing are Sam Bain, Villa Maria, Hawke’s Bay; and Tristan van Schalkwyk, The Bone Line, North Canterbury.

“This strongly endorses that viticulture is an exciting career for both men and women,” says Nicky Grandorge, Leadership & Communities Manager at New Zealand Winegrowers.

“All six contestants are very passionate about viticulture and love the variety of skills and knowledge required to run a successful vineyard.”

The National Final consists of both practical and theoretical challenges and the winner will receive 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.

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