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Kiwi wine industry gears up for 2024 Young Viticulturist Of The Year

The wine industry is building up to the Young Viticulturist of the Year competition season.

Now in its 19th year, this programme helps grow New Zealand’s future viticultural leaders with many previous contestant now holding senior titles in the wine industry.

“This competition gave me a great platform to grow my own career and I’m keen to help many more Young Viticulturists flourish and progress their careers in an industry I’m passionate about,” says Matt Fox, newly appointed Chair of the NZ Young Viticulturist National Committee.

Fox was the 2013 national winner and is now the Viticulturist for Rapaura Springs/Summerhouse Wines.

The NZ Young Viticulturist programme helps under 30-year-olds upskill, stretch themselves and network, as well as giving them an opportunity to share their ideas about the future.

The contestants are tested on all aspects of viticulture and vineyard management.

The regional competitions will take place throughout June and July, with the national final taking place at Escarpment in Wairarapa on 28 August.

The 2024 winner will be announced at the Altogether Unique Wine Industry Celebration in Wellington on 29 August.

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