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Young Winemaker National Final heads to Central Otago for first time

The 2021 Tonnellerie de Mercurey Young Winemaker of the Year National Final is set to go ahead on Thursday, 3 February 2022, following postponement last year.

For the first time the National Final will be held in Central Otago with the competition taking place at Amisfield Winery in the Pisa Ranges near Cromwell.

The Awards Dinner will be held the same evening at The Canyon at Tarras Vineyard in Bendigo where the 2021 national champion will be announced.

This programme supports emerging Young Winemakers helping them upskill, widen their network and giving them a platform to share their ideas for the future.

Having already won their regional competitions, the finalists will be stretched even further and will be tested on all aspects of wine production including laboratory skills, wine market knowledge and wine tasting and judging.

The national finalists are Jordan Moores from Valli, representing Central Otago; Peter Russell from Matua, representing Marlborough and Ben McNab from Palliser, representing Wairarapa.

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