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Hawke’s Bay Young Viticulturist Of The Year announced

Joe Stenberg from Te Mata Estate has been named Hawke’s Bay Young Viticulturist of the Year 2024 after a competition at Paritua Vineyards in Bridge Pa.

Heath Miller from Pask came second and Jess Sunderland-Wells from Indevin was third.

The young viticulturists were tested on a wide range of topics and skills including pruning, irrigation, trellising, machinery, pests and diseases, budgeting, and undertaking an interview.

Stenberg will now go through to the National Final to compete against winners from Wairarapa, Marlborough, North Canterbury and Central Otago.

The National Final will be held at Escarpment Vineyards in Martinborough on Wednesday 28 August and the 2024 Young Viticulturist of the Year will be announced at Altogether Unique 2024 in Wellington on 29 August.

The 2024 Young Viticulturist of the Year will take home a prize package including a Ford Ranger for a year, a $6,000 Ecotrellis Travel Grant and a Leadership Week. A BioStart Hortisports winner will also be announced along with other cash prizes.

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