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Young Winemaker of the Year 2023 competition set to kick off

The first of the 2023 Tonnellerie de Mercurey Young Winemaker of the Year competitions will be held in Marlborough next Wednesday, September 13.

New Zealand’s up-and-coming winemakers will tackle a wide range of tests including laboratory skills, wine-tasting, blending, industry knowledge, cellar skills, public speaking and a sales pitch.

Now in its ninth year, the competition includes three regional finals in Marlborough, Central Otago and Hawke’s Bay throughout September with the National Final being held in North Canterbury.

The competition is open to those aged 30 years or younger working in any winemaking role within New Zealand.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for our future winemakers to stretch themselves as well as meet other fellow young winemakers, senior winemakers and suppliers to our industry,” says Nicky Grandorge, Leadership & Communities Manager at NZ Winegrowers and National Co-Ordinator.

Competition dates:
Marlborough: 13th September 2023
Central Otago: 21st September 2023
North Island in Hawke’s Bay: 28th September 2023
National Final: 31st October – 1st November

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