The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Hawkes Bay’s Young Viticulturist of the Year

rsz_nzln-young_viticulturist-caleb_dennisCaleb Dennis from Craggy Range is the Bayer Hawkes Bay Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015 and now goes through to the National Final. This annual competition is in its 10th year and has become an important fixture in the viticultural calendar, giving young vits the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge as well as make a name for themselves within the industry.

After an action-packed day Caleb beat several other contestants to take the Hawkes Bay title. Anton Luiton from Constellation came second and Will Krippner from Indevin Partners came third.

Contestants completed a wide range of activities including questions on budgeting, pruning, plant diseases, machinery, irrigation and grafting, as well as having an interview, a quick fire question round and delivering a speech. 

The standard of entries was very high, showing a strong future for the viticultural industry in New Zealand.

The annual Biostart Hortisports race also took place which included apple bobbing, hula hooping as well as tougher challenges like reversing a quad bike and trailer and setting up an irrigation system. Hawkes Bay was the first region to hold their final on 2 July at Te Awa Winery.

Central Otago, Marlborough and Martinborough will hold their finals throughout July. The National Final to find the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015 will be held in conjunction with Bragato over 25-27 August in Hawkes Bay.

As well as gaining the title, the national winner will be awarded a $5000 travel voucher from NZSVO, a 1-year full lease of a Hyundai Santa Fe, $2000 cash, wine glasses and leadership training. They will also secure a place in the Young Horticulturist of the Year competition representing the viticultural industry.