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The 2022 Corteva Young Viticulturist of the Year is…

Tahryn Mason from Villa Maria in Marlborough has been named the 2022 Corteva Young Viticulturist of the Year at the National Final held on 30 August.

Katie Cameron, from Escarpment, Wairarapa came second and Tai Nelson from Soljans Estate in Kumeu, Auckland, took out third place.

The Young Vit competition is open to those 30 years and younger working in viticulture to helps young vits by giving them support, focus and opportunities to upskill and widen their networks.

This was the final year 30-year-old Tahryn Mason was eligible to take part.

“This competition has been the driving force and making of my career” he says.

Nicky Grandorge, Leadership & Communities Manager at New Zealand Winegrowers and National Co-Ordinator of the competition, says it’s rewarding to see Young Vits grow and progress over the years.

“The competition helps them focus on studying and upskilling as well as opening many doors for them,” she says.

“It is fantastic to see the passion the Young Vits have for viticulture and their determination to win this competition. It’s tough but comes with so many rewards.”

Mason takes home a prize package which includes a Hyundai Kona for a year, an Ecotrellis travel grant, an educational visit to Australia with Corteva, a Leadership Week, Bahco golden and electric secateurs, AEG power tools and cash.

He will also go on to represent the wine industry in the 2023 Young Horticulturist of the Year competition.

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